Oklahoma mom seeks real Garfield for lasagna night…

Lasagna is one of those meals that everyone has fond memories of from their childhood. Some parents, like my mom, ushered in lasagna Thursday by cracking open a few strawberry wine coolers as she preheated the oven to 425 before shoving in the Stouffer’s family sized tin long enough to make the center of the lasagna lukewarm. But other mothers, like Clara Edwards, choose to put the “extra” in extra mile for her kids.

She tried to find a real life Garfield to join in on the fun. Check out this flyer she posted on an OU Medical Center bulletin board:

 

Interesting. I guess they already had a dumb yellow dog to be Odie, or a lonely single guy to be Jon Arbuckle.

As is normally the case, the note hit social media and went viral. Here’s the story behind the posting via USA Today…

An Oklahoma mother is asking her community to borrow an essential item for dinner.

No, not a cup of sugar. She needs an orange cat.

Clara Edwards posted a “Wanted” ad on social media asking to borrow an orange-colored feline to have a “lasagna dinner with Garfield-loving 4-year-old and 2-year-old children.”

Edwards — who described herself as “an increasingly desperate (but not crazy) mom-of-two with no friends that own orange cats” — said she’s not looking to adopt the cat. Instead, she is asking to take temporary custody for two-days, tops, so “please take your cat back at the end.”

I guess USA Today doesn’t understand the average Oklahoman. Who the hell would borrow “a cup of sugar” for lasagna night? Depending on the neighborhood, members of the Oklahoma community are more likely to ask to borrow a cup of your urine for a clean drug test than a cup of sugar. Hell, I can even officially say I’ve heard of more Oklahomans asking to borrow pet cats for dinner than cups of baking ingredients. So did Clara’s advertising work?

Clara’s husband announced on Twitter that they found a puuurfect Garfield lookalike to join them Saturday. It will be a family affair, as the cat’s owner and boyfriend will also feast on the Italian dish at dinnertime.

“Update: this is my wife Clara. We have found a woman who is coming by for lasagna on Saturday. She’s bringing her boyfriend and fat orange,” he tweeted Tuesday.

I am happy that the Edwards family found their Garfield. However, I think they should definitely consider recasting the role with my cat (son) Steve. Not only is he also “fat” and “orange” like the cat they found. But much like the real Garfield, my cat is also an asshole who hates Mondays.

4% of Hayley’s TLO articles have been about cats. 30% of her twitter posts are also about cats. See them on twitter @squirrellygeek