After My discovery that the strange cardboard object in the living room must be a posing bench (or maybe a sleeping bench), Brothers Oliver and Henry were very excited to give it a try. Brother Oliver went first. He started with a majestic pose, looking off to his left as toward some distant horizon.
He then looked upward, as if he were looking to the stars for some form of insight or inspiration. The pose was quite inspirational!
At this point, Brother Henry insisted that it was his turn. Brother Oliver acquiesced to Brother Henry’s wishes, no doubt because he had recently received an impressive smackdown from The Muscle of The Cult of Otis. Brother Henry sat in front of the posing bench and tried to do his own version of “looking toward the distant horizon”. As he was getting situated, we were all amazed to see Thomas walk up behind him. Thomas said, “Ummmm… Mr. Henry? What the heck are you looking at?”
Brother Henry said, “Thomas! You startled Me! I’m still getting used to you wandering around the house. Since you asked, I’m not really looking at anything, but this is a posing bench here in front of Me. I’m trying to strike an inspirational pose in front of it!” Thomas replied, “That cardboard thing is a posing bench? Really!? That’s weird. I thought it was a scratcher. In fact, I had a ton of fun scratching it last night after you all went downstairs to sleep in the Guardians’ room.” Thomas then shook his head and said, “Guess I still have a lot to learn about this indoor life…” before he turned and wandered off. Brother Henry sat for a moment and then jumped up as if he had been inspired. He declared, “I’m going to try a different pose!”
Both Brother Oliver and I thought that Brother Henry’s new pose looked like a lot of fun. For the next hour, we all took turns imitating that pose, and we all agreed that it would look more convincing if we actually did scratch the posing bench while we did it. I mean, it definitely IS a posing bench and not a scratcher. How could the new kid know better than we three seasoned indoor kitties!?
So Sayeth Otis