Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What's in a name?

The girls have nicknames. They will answer to their given names and nicknames for which I am thankful.

Enid Marie LaBath = Peanut
Hester Sue LaBath = Freckles

Why these names? Laurie christened Enid with the nickname Peanut and it has stuck ever since. Hester has freckles and they are so pretty so I call her Freckles from time to time. I will never change their names since I like their names!

One comment from a reader sparked a thought for me...the personality of the girls.

Hester is the lover. She cannot get enough attention to satisfy her needs. I spend most of my time holding Hester. She purrs and purrs and purrs and occasionally snores but then revs of the motor for more purring. When I visited Laurie, Hester chose me. To her it was a done deal by sitting in my lap and not moving for a while. All the girls were so lovely I just couldn't decide. I finally concluded Enid would be the girl for me and Hester.

Enid is the hunter. If you want something caught and killed, Enid is your girl. She is a might on the pudgy side but QUICK. OH, so quick. She stole a piece of yarn from me. I chased her around the house and still couldn't catch her. She ate the yarn too! She has caught bees, moths, ants, flies, etc. I dread the day a bird gets loose in the house. *Knock on wood* Enid tries to be loving but I think she gets a bit overwhelmed with the amount of attention I will give her. When she asks for it I will relocate Hester to accommodate the little Peanut. She is very affectionate in her own way. She knows I crave the cuddles so to compromise she will lick my nose.

Friends and family think I am the crazy cat lady because of the conversations I have with the girls and the level of spoiling I do. How could you not spoil your friends?

Without further ado I give you Freckles and Peanut...beloved Hester and Enid.


  1. Your girls are just to cute. I love that their personalities are so different and you get the best of both worlds. I've always wanted a cat that was all about the love and snuggles and yet they don't find their way to me.

  2. I love your conversations with the girls! If you're crazy, then I am, too!

  3. The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
    It isn't just one of your holiday games;
    You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
    When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.

    First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
    Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
    Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey -
    All of them sensible everyday names.

    There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
    Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
    Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter -
    But all of them sensible everyday names.

    But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
    A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
    Else how can he keep his tail perpendicular,
    Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?

    Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
    Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
    Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum -
    Names that never belong to more than one cat.

    But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
    And that is the name that you never will guess;
    The name that no human research can discover -
    But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.

    When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
    The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
    His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
    Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
    His ineffable effable
    Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

    - T.S. Eliot
    from "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats")

  4. Your conversations with the two girls are wonderful, please don't stop being the crazy cat lady :)

  5. Oh, pity the people who don't converse with animals. I tell people it's not my fault if they can't *hear* what their animal family members have to say. :)
    Thanks so much for the descriptions of your sweet, beautiful girls. I enjoyed them so much.

  6. Hurray for Enid and Hester updates. This is one of my favorite kitty blogs. How fun to watch them grow and read your annecdotes! Thanks, Red!

  7. I love your conversations too! I don't know how anyone can NOT have conversations with their beloved fur friends. And nicknames, of course, all kitties must have those too.

  8. Purrsonally, I think people who don't converse with their animals are the crazy ones!

    You, Red, are totally sane.


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