Five years ago, Yuki, pregnant and quite bedraggled, came from the SPCA to my friend. Since her kittens were born she has turned into quite a beauty - very regal and conscious of her place in cat society. Noël is one of her offspring.
Yet again, they kept their distance while we played music. Noël came and checked out our rehearsal. When we play in a student recital next month, I will be picturing Noël as my audience to help allay performance fears. He has never complained yet about my playing.