Quand le soleil se lève

What are your morning rituals? What does the first hour of your day look like?

Sleeping through sunrise after a long night out on the lash.

Louis Catorze is the first person that I see every morning. He is like one of those Lumie alarm clocks with different pre-recorded sounds, most of which are pretty jarring and awful. But I love waking up to this one:

Quite a departure from the typical Catorzian scream.

The first waking hour of every day is spent just the two of us – unless Catorze is out bothering the local wildlife on an ICB* all-nighter, in which case he’ll roll in whenever like a wayward teenager. I like to pretend that he consciously chooses me and values this precious morning time together but, in actual fact, it only happens because his first choice person, Cat Daddy – who sleeps in the attic due to his thunderous snoring – keeps his bedroom door shut. So my company is only marginally better than no company at all.

*Important Cat Business.

After a few minutes of listening to his soothing purring, I walk downstairs – being sure to take an extra big stride at the bottom, in case I step on a dead rat – and make myself a pot of green tea. During the winter months Catorze snoozes on my lap whilst I drink the tea and read a book but, now that it’s spring, he just pretends to sleep. His eyes are closed but his ears are upright and alert and his tail thumps from side to side, indicating that he’s ready for mischief. And, if it doesn’t come his way, he will go looking for it.

This blissful state only lasts as long as it takes for Cat Daddy to start stirring; the minute Catorze hears his papa up and about, the spell is broken and he’s off to join him. But, despite the fact that I’m used and then cruelly discarded, I don’t take it too personally because I know that I’ll be able to do it all again the next day. I am very lucky to be able to start every day like this.

18 thoughts on “Quand le soleil se lève

      1. My friend Mick said one day ‘You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime you’ll find you get what you need’… 😉

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  1. That does sound like a great start to mornings. We keep our bedroom door shut because Chris is the most annoying cat on Earth. Last night, however, since my wife is away on business, I left the door open because Chris and Floki were sleeping on her side of the bed. Chris eventually got off the bed to sleep in the living room, I suppose. But at 4 a.m. he was on the bed clawing at my neck. I couldn’t take it so I put them both out and closed the door. It took me 45 minutes to get back to sleep and then, at 5 a.m. Floki was outside the door crying for me to get up. Sigh.

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    1. 😱😱😱 He claws at you in the middle of the night? Naughty boy! I guess I’ve got off quite lightly with mere screaming, whining and parkour!

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        1. Good grief! This must’ve driven you mad! And look at Floki, giving that look as if to say, “Chris, dude, you’re letting the side down!”

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  2. It’s a fab way to start the morning.

    Recently I’ve not had a cuddly cat few minutes. I’ve had a Tabbi Kat screaming for her drugs. If I’m not quick enough she starts pulling my hair. It’s like having an angry toddler in the house.

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  3. Sometimes I have to remove them from on top of me when it is time to get up. Then they have their food while I have coffee…and the ones outside come in or go out, depending on how cold the night was. It is a comforting routine,
    Glad you and Louis have a pleasant routine 1

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