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They Remember

Story ID:11117
Written by:Michael Timothy Smith (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Story
Location:Caldwell Idaho United States
Year:2016
Person:Ginny and I
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Ginny had been gone for eight weeks. After four weeks, I drove north to Washington
State to see her. We had a nice weekend together. Ginny is helping our daughter Heather
get though her illness, which is slowly getting better.

Ginny hadn’t been home in eight weeks.

She came home to help me get home from a doctor’s procedure.

I had another colonoscopy. Last year I had twenty-three polyps. They told me, “Mr.
Smith, you need to come back every year, until you get down to two or three polyps, then you
can come back every three to five years.

The evening before, I called Ginny. I called her, “Where are you at?”

“I’m in the parking lot. I’ll be right up.”

I watched our kitty, who was sleeping on her cushion in the living room.

Ginny walked in the door. Kitty raised her head in fear. She thought it was a
stranger, possibly a maintenance worker. She saw who it Ginny, leapt from the cushion and flew across the room to greet her.

Animals do not forget.

Callie proved it to me tonight. After eight weeks, she knew her mommy, and was
thrilled to see her.

We are back to normal. Gin is the one she cuddles with. In the time Ginny has
been away, she never came to me for play time, but she did come to me for loving.
Tonight she went to Ginny for her loving and later came to me to play with a piece of string.

Animals remember routine.

Even after eight weeks, Callie proved to me that animals.

Michael T. Smith.