This is Gigi.
Gigi is 12 years old. She’s extremely mouthy and fastidiously clean. Gigi’s litter box must be spotless or she won’t use it… but she will use a pile of clothes or a shoe or random towel to remind me of my neglected duties. Otherwise, though, she’s a sweet, affectionate girl. Gigi spends most of her day just like this.
And at night she cuddles up to me and purrs and bites me if I stop petting her. Imagine my dismay, then, when Gigi stopped sleeping with me. She changed her favorite spot from in bed next to me to the living room couch. I was a little perplexed but I chalked it up to cats being idiosyncratic and tried not to take it personally.
Then, on a rare Saturday with no bouts, no fundraisers, and no extra work I decided I’d do some laundry and tidy up my place. As soon as I put fresh sheets on my bed Gigi slept with me again. Now, in my defense, I’d only gone one extra week without changing them, but apparently I was too dirty for my cat.
That got me thinking about little weird random things that have changed since I started roller derby. I think most of us go through big changes like getting stronger, becoming more self-confident, etc., but there are the little things, too, that you don’t really notice until your cat stops sleeping with you. Here’s a few I’ve come up with.
GERMAPHOBIA? WHAT GERMAPHOBIA?
Probably about that first time you drop your mouth guard on the rink floor, dodge other skaters whizzing by, retrieve it and pop it back into your mouth you’re on your first step to losing any semblance of germaphobia. Or maybe it’s when you forgot your mouth guard and (ewwww) borrow another skater’s. Or possibly eating a sandwich while wearing your wrist guards. What? You’re hungry!
DIRTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
You’ve just come home from a three hour-practice and it’s late and you’re tired. You promised yourself you’d take a shower, but now it’s almost midnight and you have to be up at 6:00 anyway and the sweat’s all dry now, so…
YOU’VE STOPPED WONDERING “WHAT ON EARTH IS SHE WEARING?” WHEN LOOKING AT STRANGERS
Something about walking through the supermarket dressed in ripped tights and Skinz makes you way less judgey about other people’s clothing choices.
CARPOOLING ISN’T SO BAD, ACTUALLY
Sure you’re crammed in the back of a Toyota Yaris with three other people, but at least you’re saving money and mileage on your car.
I still don’t shower when I get home but I’ll use baby wipes on my hot spots and a little powder to dry off. Gigi finds that acceptable.
I’m sure you’ve got your own, and I’d love to hear them.