There was this moment of clarity last night when I was being swamped by the critters both vying for being "the petted one" when I realized that I don't get petted anymore. I do the petting, but the critters don't pet me. They are both a little spoiled and rather jealous of attention paid elsewhere, but they aren't really capable of anything other than cuddling (which is still wonderful).
Before you get all up in my ass, let me say that I am fully aware that this is my own doing. I am not currently willing-and-able to let someone get that close to me. Right now I'm pretty much in full lockdown mode.