Me: It's only a month. We'll be back July 25.
Cat: What are you saying?
Me: Joe's going to housesit. He loves cats. He's going to play with you and cuddle you. He'll be here the whole time.
Cat: What? Wait. What?
Me: (deep sigh) Okay. I'll say it again. Brandon, and I, are going, to backpack through Ecuador for 30 days. We leave at 4am Wednesday.
Me: It's ... see? How beautiful?
Me: It's ... I mean, kayaking and a lot of hiking...
Cat: Maybe you could have mentioned this before???
Me: I just didn't know how to bring it up. I'm so sorry. I'll miss you?
Me: I'll bring you back some small, hard things that you can bat around on the floor!
Cat: (not looking at me) Are there other cats in Ecuador?
Me: There's no way for me to answer that question and not upset you.
Cat: I need to take a nap. IN THE SECRET NAP PLACE.