Garfield is the most relatable cartoon cat, because he loves lasagna and hates Mondays. These may be the two most uncontroversial opinions in existence and it's made him a star! But we've all been assuming Garfield is like us: he loves lasagna because salty, cheesy carbs are delicious and he hates Mondays because they're the beginning of the work week.
He's looking forward to the weekend:
Or is he?
Australian author James Colley decided to analyze Garfield's psychology on Twitter, and the results have stirred up a lot of questions.
First, Colley explains that there's no good reason for Garfield to hate Mondays. He's a cat and doesn't have a job, so one day is the same as any other. Except for one thing:
On Mondays, his owner Jon goes to work. Garfield gets cranky when Jon leaves. Thus, Garfield loves Jon. It all makes sense.
But wait. What does Jon do for a living?
If Jon is a cartoonist who works from home, then Garfield doesn't miss Jon. What to believe?
Ah! Jon has an at home office or perhaps becomes too obsessed with his work to give Garfield the time and attention he needs. Garfield DOES love Jon.
But rethinking canon has thrown some more wrenches into possible explanations for Garfield's strange antipathy:
Then someone pointed out the actual justification: though Garfield has no job and no responsibilities and his owner is home, the Universe itself turns on Garfield every Monday like clockwork:
But this comic throws the whole into confusion. You're saying he loves Mondays now?!
Considering the reason for why Garfield does what he does is almost as mystifying as the reason why any cat does anything. It's honestly much sweeter to just imagine he loves Jon, the same way we imagine our cats love us.
Believe whatever you need to get through Monday.