Monday, April 20, 2009

My mentor, Athena

Last Wednesday, Sharyn TG asked me in the comments who my favorite goddess was, and I have to admit, I was a bit torn in answering. You see, I know the expectation is to say Isis, but I don't necessarily want the Isis living in my house to get the wrong idea. If she actually thought I liked her for one moment, she might not be so eager to please.

I like having a dependable, mindless lackey so I won't be naming that goddess as my favorite.

After pondering the question and the current situation at my house, it seemed only fitting to name Athena as my favorite. Prior to Isis, there had been an Athena that shared my life: a large, beautiful, fluffy, black cat who was five years my senior. Was she Greek? Perhaps. Her lineage was definitely open to interpretation.

She was indeed a warrior goddess, but instead of being equipped with shield and ray, she fought with two mighty midnight paws. Oh, how I adored her! I would follow her around constantly, attempting to show her my male physique, but just like her namesake, she wanted nothing to do with me. I remember how I tried informing her that in myth, Athena had been born out of Zeus' head, and the next thing I felt was a solid whap to the skull, accompanied by, "How about you bear that instead?"

I could definitely use her around the house now, especially in training a somewhat precocious puppy. Athena was bigger than I am now and certainly knew how to use all of her body to make a point. Her signature move was known as 'cover and smother'. Let me just say that if she were rich, creamy, white gravy, and I were some measly hash browns, she'd drown me in her countrified goodness.

The poop monster should thank his lucky stars that Athena is now reduced to being my spirit guide. Always hunting, always prowling, she remains near, whispering into my ear how best to sabotage little Boston Terriers. Athena always enjoyed fighting - not to draw blood, maim, or kill - but merely for the sport of it. In that way, I have grown to be much like her.

I do hope she is proud. Hopefully though, she hasn't found out about how I took over her sitting spots in the house. (Yes, I was not always the one in power around here. It's hard to believe, I know.) I'm sure she's feverishly waiting to get her paws on me to show me who's the real boss.

11 comments:

The Meezers said...

We is shur that you are doing Athena proud!!

The Creek Cats said...

We just know Athena is furry proud of you, Zeus!

Angel said...

WHat a great story. We are sure that Athena is proud of you!

Parker said...

Having a spirit guide as skilled as Athena is really going to come in handy!

Bob-kat said...

Athena sounds like quite a character! Love the bit where you got rapped around the head and told to 'bear this' LoL :D

Eric and Flynn said...

Athena is probably looking down on you and guiding you in what you do. She would be proud to see you keep the poopy in it's place.

Tuck said...

I bet Athena is very proud of you! And I don't think she would mind that you are sitting in her favorite places...

Lorenza said...

I agree. Athena sure is proud of you!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

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Tor Hershman said...

Hey, Zeus, how ya doin'?
Here are my favorite Gods & Goddesses in me YouTube video.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m6qC6FCiY0There are a lot of freakin' cats in the profiles here.
Google moi's "The Lion Farts Tonight" for felid humor.

PinkynAsh said...

What a nice story Zeus. Athena is sure to be proud of you. Kitty spirit guides are wonderful to have.