Comet Takes Command

The post below came across the Facebook feed this afternoon and made me cry a bit.

To me, the speaking cat be my recently-laid-to-rest Charlie, and the new cat be our puppy Comet. Yeah, I know, Comet is a dog. It was, however, suggested to me that during the two months that both Charlie and Comet shared our house, Charlie shared all his secrets with Comet. When all the secrets were shared, and Charlie was confident that Comet could handle everything, Charlie let himself rest.

Charlie in his youth

Charlie in his youth, 15 years ago

Comet at 4 months old.

Comet at 4 months old.

For 15 years, Charlie was the subject of many cartoons and sketches. He filled my heart with joy, and the little sketches brought happiness to others for nearly that same length of time.

The subject of many drawings.

The subject of many drawings.

Charlie is frequently a topic of notebook sketches.

Charlie is frequently a topic of notebook sketches.

Another sketch. Charlie is always begging.

Another sketch. Charlie is always begging.

Charlie crossed the Rainbow Bridge last month. And I’m starting to find new sketches of mine appearing everywhere, only these are of Comet.

First puppy sketch

First puppy sketch

Then this.

Then this.

Today in class...

Today in class…

The last picture I drew with my left hand (I’m right handed) quickly at the end of class today. It was natural. It flowed.

I see it coming now. Cartoons with Comet demonstrating fault motions.

A normalfault. The cat is standing on the footwall. The dark band was once continuous across the fault. The hanging wall has moved down relative to the footwall.

A normalfault. Charlie is standing on the footwall. The dark band was once continuous across the fault. The hanging wall has moved down relative to the footwall.

A left-lateral strike slip fault. This is looking down on the fault from above. The dark band was once continuous across the fault. Charlie is wondering how is food bowl moved

A left-lateral strike slip fault. This is looking down on the fault from above. The dark band was once continuous across the fault. Charlie is wondering how is food bowl moved

Comet on icebergs. Comet demonstrating foot anatomy. Comet tap-dancing. So many drawings like this have featured in my classes, but to date, all have included Charlie.

Now Comet will take to torch. It’s the most natural thing in the world.

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Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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