SH was at some thing Saturday after lunch, so the car was gone. I had taken a shower but hadn't bothered to get dressed. I was still in my robe because it was Saturday and I could. I was on the phone with SH - he was stopping at Aldi on his way home from his thing - when I heard a key in the lock of the back door.
I knew it wasn't SH because I was on the phone with him.
I walked to the kitchen and looked at the back door. It opened.
The catsitter stepped in. Looked up. His eyes flew open.
"We're not leaving until about 4," I said.
"I'm sorry!" he said. "I'll come back later." He blushed and closed the door and locked it again.
I didn't even think to ask him why he was there. It was just so odd.
I wrote him a quick email.
"Sorry for the confusion!" I said. I explained that we don't feed the cats until 5.
I told SH. "I think he knows when the cats eat," he said. "What if he was coming over just to see the cats?"
I thought about that idea. Last summer, while we were gone, the catsitter turned on the air conditioning for a while every day because he was worried it was too hot for the cats. SH got a little cranky about that - air conditioning a house just for cats - a house with open windows - but I reminded him that a catsitter who is worried about the comfort of our cats is a catsitter we want.
Then the catsitter's mom told me that the catsitter had vacuumed before we returned home. I couldn't tell because the cats shed so much that the only time our house is cat-hair free is December and that is about the only good thing about December, but I still thought it was a really nice thing for him to do.
SH and I went out of town. Came back. The cats were happy and had been fed.
The next day, I got an email from the catsitter:
You're not the one that needs to apologize! I know that I should feed the cats around dinner time, and I do. But that afternoon I was watching a re-run on the Animal planet that featured kittens and after I just wanted to have one in my lap. It's embarrassing. Anyway, sorry for jumping the gun by coming before you even left! I hope it wasn't that big of a deal.Could he be any cuter? SH was right - he just wanted to hang out with the cats.