Atticus has the perfect life, and he knows it. His days are spent sleeping, dreaming of new ways to cause mischief and demanding food at odd times. He wakes up to eat, puts his new plans into action, and then quickly returns to his nap. If I scold him for his behavior, he stops, walks towards me and rubs against my legs.
Why would anyone tolerate this behavior you may ask? The answer is simple – Atticus adores me. I am the most important thing in his world; almost everything that I do is wonderful to Atticus. If I go outside, he finds a window to watch me. When I shower he sits and waits for me, occasionally checking to make sure that the water is not too hot. He likes my singing and enjoys hearing me play the piano. Atticus hops up onto my stool and stares at every painting that I do as if it were a masterpiece. Atticus sits in my lap when I type, sleeping contentedly. He doesn’t care how my hair looks, ignores my morning breath and could care less if I am wearing my favorite t-shirt and painting jeans. He loves me as is, imperfections and all. I am a wonder in his eyes.
Atticus would have been a handsome man, except for the fact that he is slightly cross eyed. If Atticus had been a man, I would have said “Kevin who”? Because my husband does not do the things that Atticus does. He has yet to sit at the window waiting for my return, pretend that my paintings are masterpieces, and he does not sit in my lap when I type – thank goodness. Kevin also accuses me of treating Atticus like “a big old baby”, those are his words, not mine.
Perhaps the question should be why does Kevin tolerate this mischievous feline? The answer is actually simple, why does any man tolerate a woman’s pet? There are 2 possible answers. One is that they love us. The other possible answer is that they do not want to risk being on the losing side of a show down. Atticus is not concerned about either answer; he is secure with his position in our household. He will continue to spend his days in the same way, and I will continue to enjoy my status as Queen of his world.