Thursday Daughter's group goes to the humane society in the afternoon. Every Thursday afternoon I get a text or phone call about a pet we have to adopt. She promises to take care of it. Sometimes she suggests that Kitten needs a playmate. Every Thursday I have a simple answer for her, "No." Very simple.
Today I'm wavering. She claims that there is a 3 year old cat who is free through today. He likes other cats, is gentle and friendly, and has been neutered. I emailed asking for more information. I hope their answers will give me an excuse to continue saying no. Kitten does spend much of the day alone-- yesterday we were gone for 14 hours. We went to the mall for supper so I could get a hair cut (my first since we moved-- I'd been getting them every 6 weeks or so). Then it was back to the church for evening commitments. Daughter didn't have choir, but she'd been to the library yesterday morning, so I set her up in Administrative Assistant's office and she watched the DVD's she'd checked out on AA's computer. We were both happy.
Today Daughter will ride the bus home. She was anxious about it this morning. I reminded her that she is an expert at riding buses, and reminded her of the school year she rode 3 different school buses every day to get to her special school (there were 3 different districts involved in her schooling that year-- it was interesting). This bus ride will be the shortest she's ever had, and she will actually be home before we are able to leave the church most days (I have to wait until everyone from her program is gone to set the alarm).
Riding the bus home means that I don't have to go back into the church this afternoon. This won't really be a day off, as I have a great deal to do, but I'll be doing it in the comfort of my own home, away from the distractions of the church. It also means that when the new building is finally ready, Daughter will already have had experience with the bus, so she'll only be dealing with one big change at a time.