Our cats are not hunting mice (flies, perhaps. And lint.) but mostly neither hinders the humans (though the dog feels free to bother everyone). Highly adept at social distancing, these inscrutable beasts manage to live their days without much input from the rest of us, apparently without tedium. We cross paths throughout the house, sometimes interacting, sometimes without as much as a glance.
So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.
- PANGUR BÁN, translated from the Irish by Robin Flower