My little buddy’s been under the weather, and I’m feeling so tender toward her. As a kid I always wanted a cat, though I couldn’t tell you exactly why. Maybe we’re just wired for each other. Got her as a kitten 12 years ago. I never lived with anyone else as long as I’ve lived with her. There’ve been times when she’s felt like my only comfort in the world. I don’t know if I’ve taught her a damn thing, but she’s made me softer, stiller, kinder. “Love what is mortal...” Mary Oliver says. Still, I want her to get better. I’m not done.