I went back through the IBKC archives to see if there were any photos of a wee Bean with the folks, and I believe this would of have been their very first visit after we adopted Charlene.
She would have been about 18 months when this photo was taken. Her coat is so much lighter then! And my dad's was so much darker!
Look closely, and you'll see little Willamena Bouvier perching there too.
On occasion, Charlene will occupy the back of her favorite pink chair when a house guest sits there, but usually when people are around, she'll walk into the room, make the rounds, brush up against every pair of legs, then will sit in the center of the living room rug and observe her surroundings. She likes to see what's going on and feel in control of the situation. In the middle, she can do just that.
When she feels she can let her guard down, she will flop and lay belly-up. She is NOT soliciting belly scratches - she's just signaling that she's relaxed, ready to play, or in need of some cooling down.
I've seen my dad do the same on the living room rug. But you can scratch his belly.