One awfully nice thing about pets is that you don’t have to look your best for them. They’ll take you with your hair combed or scattered, pants on or pants off, showered or not, with or without a manicure. They’ll put out the same you-and-me-forever vibe as long as you’re mellow and affectionate and put food on the plate. And they won’t walk into the room and say, “I’m really sorry but I just met this cat lover in the other building who makes me feel more secure.”

Aura — Thursday, 11.5, 11:05 am.