|Freedom is just some people talking.|
I went through the seven stages of grieving, spending items one through six on worry. When the one you love is a turnip, it's hard not to worry.
But I moved on. I told everyone that I didn't need Tom anymore.
Then one night I found Tom on my doorstep. He was cold and twitchy. He hadn't realized there'd be other Toms out there. He felt prepared to look on a warm hearth with renewed appreciation.
How could I say no?
So my Tom has returned to me. He spends most of his days at home, head contentedly on my shoulder. But whenever the fancy takes him, he goes walkabout in the wild world.
These days he always returns home before the owls and the ghosts skulk out of the riverbank at nightfall, because my lovely Ginger Tom Cat may be a turnip, but he's finally acquired some common sense.