Jasmine took a step back when Hubby arrived here. Jasmine and I had been together, alone, for over a month. During that month, I rarely had a visitor. She had lots of time with me while I got the new house set up, and when I started working, she quickly adjusted to the new routine. However, Hubby’s arrival at the house marked a step back for her.
While Jasmine blossomed during that month alone, her behavior immediately changed in Hubby’s presence. Her normally bouncy, bunny-like hoppity hoppity happiness was replaced with hunched shoulders, raised ears and suspicion. She would show happiness to me, but as soon as he would enter a room, she would become subdued and wary.
I was really worried that this would be her demeanor going forward. I was wrong. I needed to give her time to adjust to her new reality, and as of today, she has once again found her equillibrium. Hubby has been home with her all day while I have been at work. While she has been ignoring him for the most part, she had to go outside this afternoon. She did something that she hasn’t done with him since he got here–she approached him and sat calmly behind him, waiting for him to notice her. When he did, he asked Jasmine whether she wanted to go outside. She jumped up and he walked to the back door and opened it. She watched him for a minute, and then ran outside to do her “business.”
When I got home, she greeted me with the bouncy joy that she showed me when I was alone with her–this time, with Hubby in the room. I suppose Jasmine has accepted that he’s here to stay. And with that, she’s now free to bounce around like a bunny when she’s happy. Her joy is mine. It’s nice that we’re all finally home.