Get By With A Little Hug From Your Friends

Rosalita & Danika

I’m surprised this pic turned out better than completely fuzzy.

Not only was the lighting bad, best efforts at quietly scrambling to shift the laptop webcam into position – the only camera within reach – and capture the moment was destined to abruptly end the heart melt.

Snuggling cats ooze cuteness and these two are often found together, especially during the winter. The added goo factor, however, came from how they ended up here.


The tabby on the right is Rosalita.

Everyone LOVES Rosie, because well, you can’t not love Rosie. She’s the glue that holds everyone together – including us.

In the cat world that means she’s a social facilitator, making sure everyone is included and part of the whole.

Rosie has that innate knack to know what makes everything right when there’s something wrong.

When you’re feeling off, down or blue, Rosie is there for you.


Then there’s Danika, on the left. She would follow Rosie to the ends of the earth.

When Rosie moves, Dani is not far behind – curious to know what might be happening and most of all, to be near her best buddy.

Sometimes I wonder if Rosie rolls her eyes, wanting to be alone, but instead has to put up with the bothersome shadow of a little sister.


On this night, as on many, Danika would have preferred to be snuggled up against Rosie if she had her way. Alas, the next cushion over would have to do.

Nonetheless, we enjoyed the complete zenness of Dani curled up at the end of the couch with Rosie underneath a towel a foot or two over.


All of a sudden Rosie appeared blinking away, looked around, then plopped herself heavily against Danika while letting out a deep sigh and a faint mew revealing nervous unease.

Danika wrapped her paw around Rosie in a heavy hug, accompanied by a few reassuring licks between the ears. They both settled back and fell asleep.

Rosie was safe. Dani was in heaven.


Although knee deep in heart goo, not lost in the moment was the all too home-hitting reminder even the sturdiest of rocks – and Rosie’s – don’t stand alone.

We’re all vulnerable.

We all find ourselves now and then, caught naked at the core with our defenses down.

We all need a safe place to be held and comforted at those times as we do so often for others.


In the end, we need each other.

No matter how much we want to go it alone, or be the brave one to shoulder the load for everyone else –

we need each other to be there for each other

so we can all be ourselves full out knowing there’s a soft place to fall where we’re buoyed instead.


In our vulnerability together is where we’ll find our way forward.



Would you say you’re the Rosie in everyone’s life? Where do you seek comfort?





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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.


  1. Carrie Ann Lahain on September 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

    This post came at just the right time. It’s a “blue” day. In fact, it’s been a couple of blue days in a row. This made me smile. The videos were uplifting as well. Now I’m going to go get a hug from my hubby.

    • Lorraine on September 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Hope hubby and the hug helped melt the blues a little bit. Glad this arrived just at the right time.

  2. Ana Goncalves on September 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Gorgeous cats, and lovely to meet them. I agree it’s finding comfort in the simplest of moments that we feel at home and at peace with ourselves. Gorgeous blog and it’s a pleasure to meet you.

    • Lorraine on September 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      The small things so easily overlooked really do make a huge difference. Grateful to have you here Ana.

  3. Sandra Vandenhoff on September 18, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Your writing definitely has Rosie-like impact on me. Thanks for all that you share.

    • Lorraine on September 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you Sandra. To know my writings feel like Rosie-ness is touches my heart beyond words. I know you infuse the Rosie in many lives as well.

  4. Marla on September 18, 2014 at 10:17 am

    My comfort is home. And it’s also in believing – knowing – that I can trust myself.

    I’ve always been a strong, independent woman, but it has taken me some time to learn that part of that strength comes in surrounding yourself with people who will be there for you in the tough times – when you need to withdraw into a quiet place to lick your wounds and get your strength back to show up in your life again. People who’ve “got your back”. For these special people, I am sincerely grateful.

    And having these people in my life allows me to be the rock or brave one for others. Without this kind of ebb and flow, it wouldn’t be sustainable. Courage and vulnerability go hand in hand.

    Thanks Lorraine for sharing a little bit of zen to start my day 🙂

    • Lorraine on September 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      So true Marla. We become stronger in the vulnerability of revealing our Selves, and making our way forward together. A very different and exciting world lays ahead!

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