This video from Russia depicts a sad sight, that of a lady who has allowed her house to be taken over by over 130 cats.
Metaphorically, I am Crazy Russian Cat Lady. And each of the cats is one of my clients.
The cat food she throws about is my ability to render competent legal advice to my clients. Notice how the cats all respond in a panic when they see her. “Feed me!” They all say. They jump over each other, and cry and whine, leaping at the food. That is how my clients act towards me.
Pushing the metaphor further, the combined smell of the urine of 130 cats, which must surely be present in Crazy Russian Cat Lady’s house, is the stress which adheres to me. Because a real cat, when unfed, will miaow and maybe scratch while begging for food from its human. An unattended client will sue his lawyer.
The presence of 130 cats, all simultaneously jumping and mewling for attention and food, makes Crazy Russian Cat Lady happy on some level. She can feel like she is being generous and kind to the cute creatures. She cannot see the ultimate cruelty of keeping so many pets in such close proximity that no single animal can possibly receive adequate care.
But I can see the analogy. And the analogy to me of being Crazy Russian Cat Lady and the cats being my clients and the food being my ability to pay attention to them and the risk and stress of the situation being emotional equivalent of the smell of the combined urine of one hundred and thirty cats makes me want to consume unhealthy amounts of gin and Scotch and then curl up in the fetal position, the better to whimper pathetically.