Mom here: When I got back, Katie was beside herself for lots of lovins right away. Of course she got them. I brought a lot of stuff in and we had some more lovins. But much later when we went to bed, that was when I saw how much she missed me even though I was only gone from Friday at 9 in the morning till Sunday at 3 in the afternoon. She had that little girl kitten sound in her talking to me as she walked up the bed to my face. I haven't heard that in a long time. I had turned the light out so she knew it was sleep time.
She came up parallel to my head, put her paw out to pat my face and then laid down with her head sharing my pillow. We were face to face. I heard her extremely loud purring, felt the brush of whiskers occasionally and a cold wet nose on mine more than once. After a while she did get up and came back with that little girl cat mewing. When she did, she laid her head next to mine again and later went away several more times, mewing on return to lay her little head next to mine.
She never moved after those short away times and after that she and I slept deeply. She had brought four of her favorite toys when she had gone away for a minute each time. You know which ones they were. Her announcement was made for each toy with those tiny mews.
She has slept up by my face sharing my pillow every night and with her body next to my chest trying to make up for that small absence she endured.
I am honored by her love and I return it to her but I worry that she is going to be sad if I am gone a little longer. When I had surgery she had her favorite brother with her before, during and after. But mom is the one that she wants to complete her world.
Maybe now, I can begin to be gone more often and let her have her favorite sitter. I think it would be good for her. What with illness in the household and family for 5 years I didn't go anywhere much at all. So she always had me handy. That was my choice and a loving one. So she got out of the habit of living without me for visits elsewhere
Katie will return tomorrow. I hope you don't mind me filling in for her. She's busy absorbing heat at the vent.