Sunday, March 4, 2012

Possum Update

Here is Possum's official portrait as the presumed Baron von Rümpüsspüssë. He says The Lutefisk Legend requested it: 


I had to talk him out of sending one of those poses where he's showing off his well-upholstered belly.

He says he reminded the reporter that his father may still be alive, so it's not certain that he's inherited the title despite the untimely squashing of his uncle and cousins. He is still hoping his father will come out of hiding.

I was relieved when Possum told me he will not return to Norway and his family estate. I'd been worrying: he gets so annoyed whenever my husband refers to him as "the Barrel" rather than "the Baron." 

He says he won't return because he is still officially in the Norwegian Witness Protection Program. So while his family would welcome him, the Feds wouldn't, and they would refuse him further protection from the Norwegian Mafia. He thinks he can manage his responsibilities from here, and I didn't ask him for details. (He also said he would miss me too much! I was so touched. How I would miss his cold, wet, aristocratic nose nudging me awake every morning.)

It turns out that living with a cat who is a baron is not a big deal. I don't notice anything different, aside from the occasional request from a foreign publication. And that makes perfect sense, now that I think about it, because all cats believe they are royalty. Around here, being a baron is small potatoes. Snalbert has all the entitled airs of a prince — being a Persian, you'd think he'd be more of a Shah — while Snictoria declares daily that she is Queen of the Universe. Wendy has considerable humility compared to those two; she thinks she is only a duchess. If you have a cat, you know what I mean.

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