Power Games

Illustration of a cat approaching a woman. Woman: Hi, Norman-cat!! Can I pet you??
The cat walks past her.
The cat lays down some distance away. The cat: Yes.
The woman reaches out her hand, too far away to pet the cat.

My cat and I have been engaged in a 36 minute handshake, each unwilling to be the first to break. The prolonged eye contact is making my eyes water, but I’m not crying.

I’m not crying.