Sometimes, when I don't know what to think, I sit in the corner by the closet door at the bottom of the stairs.
Most of the time I don't know what to think about the Mom not getting up and getting me a crunchy treat when I ask politely.
Sometimes I don't know what to think when Max won't be nice.
And sometimes I just don't know what to think, because thinking can be a very hard thing to do.
Today I sat in the corner because I didn't know what to think, and Max came down the stairs and said "Whatcha doin', Dorkus?" (I think he calls me that because he secretly likes me.)
But I didn't know. I said I might be very sad, and I didn't know what to think about that.
He said, "You gotta feel what you feel, even when it's being sad."
And then I said, "It feels like what happened to Monty's sister wasn't fair."
Max sat down and said, "What do we know of fair? I don't think it's fair when you get crunchy treats and I don't, but the People have their reasons. It's not that it's not fair...but it certainly does suck."
"You don't think it wasn't fair?"
"I think that it was horrible and that it hurts and that it sucks, and that it's a good thing you care enough to be sitting in a corner being all hurty."
"The Mom's eyes got all leaky and I think I wish I could get all leaky, too."
"People have that advantage," Max agreed. "They can be leaky because it helps get the suckiness out of them."
"Why can't we leak?" I asked him. "I want to feel better."
Max thought for a few seconds and then said, "I think our job is to take our own sadness and turn it into purrs, and then we jump up on the person who needs it the most, and we purr on them. That helps them when they don't feel good, and when they are very sad."
"If I purr for the Mom will I feel better?"
But Max didn't know. He said I might still feel all sad, but that a good purr couldn't hurt and would be worth a try. Then I asked him if purring on the Mom helped him feel not so sad, and he said "I have my ways of feeling better about things."
So I asked how he did that.
And that's when he sat on me.
I know everyone is praying for Monty's family and thinking them good thoughts and hugging them with their hearts. Purring helps, too. Max was right, I purred on the Mom and it helped her, and made me feel better too...