The television clicks on at exactly 10:00. “Thank you for being a friend!” blares through the screen. I sing into the remote along with the Golden Girls theme song, giving a little performance to my two dogs. Dolly, who is also a fan, wags her tail excitedly, while Arrah rolls her eyes at me and then rolls over. She’s such a grump – just like Sophia.
Lavender and laughter fill the room as I spray the mist onto my pillows, perfectly coinciding with the first punchline.
As I nestle into my cloud bed, I reach for the lotion to rub onto my thirsty hands and elbows. I fight Arrah off who thinks it’s food. Finishing my ritual, I reach for the light switch and the room goes dark. I set my glasses on the nightstand as Arrah begins to snore. Then I drift to sleep listening to four friends laughing – my pups by my side.