My Emotional Support Nate

SALeys Photography Nate
Looks like a badass right? But he is a master at head bonks and the most affectionate little (okay – he’s 16 lbs) kitten you’ll ever meet!  S.A.Leys Photography

My “emotional support Nate”. He’s been cruising to and from RI with me in the car every weekend. It’s a 2 hour and 6-minute drive. Usually, he wakes up when we’re south of Boston. I try to tell him what my mom used to say to me when we used to drive to NH to go skiing every weekend: “now put your head back down and go to sleep.” I always had trouble sleeping in the car – so does Nate.

He’s named after the author Nathaniel Hawthorne. I have a thing about naming cats after authors I love. Three of my favorite Hawthorne quotes are:

  1. “Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
  2. “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.”
  3. “Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.”

Nate is an important emotional support / rescue cat.