Today is Valentine’s Day and more importantly, a Saturday. This means John and I can enjoy a leisurely morning together reading before we start our day. Here’s how this morning went:
John and I are sitting on the love seat in our sunroom, each with an iPad in hand. Our little gray cat, Zoey, is wedged between us purring like she is extremely pleased with life.
I’m absorbed in the story I’m reading when John starts cussing. He is jabbing his finger on the iPad screen. He yells at the iPad, “I can’t get his goddamned thing to work!”
“What’s wrong?” I ask.
Frustrated, he shoves the iPad in my lap. He says, “I am trying to login so I can finish reading The Bible, but it won’t accept my password.”
He harrumphed and continued to poke at the screen. John subscribes to a site that takes him through daily Bible passages and offers insightful tips. He rarely misses a day, and being such a creature of habit, it irks him when something goes awry.
He continued to jab at the screen for a minute or so, muttering intermittent curse words to himself. Finally, he gives up and exclaims, “I can’t get it to work. I guess I won’t read The Bible today. Screw you, Jesus!”
At this, I look up and say, “Really?” I pause. “Screw you, Jesus? That seems a bit harsh, don’t you think?”
Most of his anger abates and he smiles. “That is a bit harsh. But I can’t get this website to work.”
I say, “Perhaps it isn’t you, maybe it is the website. They have glitches from time to time. Just try later.”
He thinks about if a second, picks up the iPad and tries again.
A pleased look comes over his face and he declares, “I got in.”
“Good,” I say and return to my book. But a few seconds later, I hear cursing again.
“Son of a Bitch!” I’m 98% through The Bible and I can’t find my place! This is fucked!” he exclaims.
Without missing a beat, I deadpan, “And you don’t think the ‘Screw you, Jesus’ comment had anything to do with you losing your place?”
At this, he burst out laughing. “Perhaps it did,” he agrees. “By the way, what are you reading?”
“Limbus, Inc.,” I reply. It is about monsters, demons, serial killers, Satanic cults…. You know, the usual stuff I read.” Then I add, “And my iPad is working just fine.”
He gives me a kiss on the forehead and says, “This only goes to prove that opposites really attract.”
“Yes they do,” I say. “Yes they do.”
Happy Cat Butt Valentine’s Day!