In defense of engaging layabouts…

In any non-wartime society, there is room for a wide range of personality types. I feel there is a valid argument for the inclusion and support of those who seem, at first blush, to do little to forward the fortunes of the group to which they belong.

While it might seem more efficient if all members of a family are hard-working, dedicated and caring contributors to the common good, a case can be made for those who, like the lilies of the field, toil not and neither do they spin.

There are some engaging layabouts who do nothing but distract us from the more serious matters of the day. Were it not for them, we would be able to spend more time toiling to achieve our goals. I have captured one of them in the midst of his usual languor.

Layabout.jpg As you can see, there is no product whatsoever, but he brings a smile to our lips nonetheless. Perhaps it could be said, “They also serve, who lie sprawled to entertain us.”

Many thanks to Carrie for her photos which inspired this blog.

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0 Responses to In defense of engaging layabouts…

  1. Kathleen says:


    In some parts of the world cats are thought to contribute to the common good by virtue of their existence as divine beings. My cats have confirmed to me that they know everything that is worth knowing. I am therefore privileged to live with them and provide for their physical comfort.

    Your divine being is extremely handsome.

  2. Rhesa says:

    That picture brings back memories of my stint as a one-time feline caretaker. I miss my little guy, but your picture made me laugh. Yeap, I’d say they have it pretty good, these layabouts…

  3. Carrie says:

    Hey, COOL!! Thanks David. And I have to say, your critter is a cutie too. Nice to see I’m not the only one with a cat who gets covered up in bed. 🙂

    Also, my little one Morgan is a wonderful cuddler which helps healing tremendously. Funny how hugging a furball can do that.

  4. Linda says:

    Hi David!
    Of course he works. It’s just that he’s so in tune with his destiny that he makes his job ensuring your peace and health look effortless.

    Fond regards to all,

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