The Boy and I have an Ikea Expedit in our living room*.
|It looks like this, only crammed full of books, knicknacks, and a bunch of The Boy's lingerie and wigs.|
A few days ago, The Boy completely cleared out one of the second-row compartments so Birch would have his very own fort. He stuck Birch in there and Birch got all huffy about it...
...for about fifteen seconds.
Judging by his body language, the progression of his thoughts went something like, "HEY! Don't pick me up and put me places, jackass. You're not the boss of me! I'm a cat and I go where I wanna go! ...Is that a view of the couch? That's kinda cool, actually. What am I, like, two feet off the ground? Sweet! And I like the low ceiling...very cosy. Y'know what? It's awesome in here! I'm gonna settle in and make myself comfortable."
And from that point onward, Birch hung out in there all the time.
We were referring to that space as Birch's "compartment" until The Boy randomly used the word "cubicle" instead...and inadvertently opened up a whole new world of hilarity. Birch's "compartment" is now his "office" and when we pass by, we make jovial quips at him like, "Logging some overtime, Birchy?" "Sleeping on the job, Birchy?" "Frank from Accounts Payable filed a sexual harassment complaint against you and HR is asking for your voluntary resignation, Birchy" or "I'm promoting you to Vice President of Cuteness!"
Birch somehow fails to see the humour in any of this. Maybe he's been working too hard.
I should probably encourage him to use some of his vacation days.
*Yes, we routinely refer to it as "the Expedit", and yes, this makes us feel like pretentious douchebags. But when one of us misplaces something there, it's easier for the other to say "You left it on the Expedit" than "You left it on the big shelving unit with all the square compartments."
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