Friday, November 19, 2010

what's in a name

Thanks to those of you who shared name ideas with us for our kitten!

The naming of cats is a difficult matter.
It isn't just one of your holiday games.
-T.S. Eliot

As it happens, she made for herself a Visayan name;

That's pronounced 'Chinellas' and it's the word for slip-on shoes

That's because this (above) is her favorite spot to curl up;
on top of all the shoes (tsinelas!) in the outdoor shoe rack.
It's her bed stead at night, and her quiet retreat in the daytime.

She's become a favorite with some of the neighbor children,
and they love telling other kids her name!

Tsinelas is a sweet kitty who loves to climb,
(though I think we've cured her of climbing up the window screens
to peek inside at us) and she's very sociable.

Cats as a class, have never completely got over the snootiness
caused by that fact that in Ancient Egypt
they were worshiped as gods.
~P.G. Wodehouse


thechurchcook said...

What a perfect name for your sweet kitty! Looks like we may have a dog added to our growing family. Will send you photos soon. :)

us5 said...

congratulations! we'd love to see photos!

Judy said...

I like it! And that is really cool how her name makes a connection with the neighbor kids there--wouldn't be quite the same for them if you called her "Flip Flop".

us5 said...

yes, i think the neighbor kids are happy that it's their language!