WANAfriday: Your Favorite (Cat) Quote, Of Course
The WANAfriday prompt this week is to cite your favorite quote, but choosing a favorite quote is like going into an exquisite little Italian bakery and pastry shop in Poggibonsi, Italy, and trying to pick out only one delectable item. (You can read more about that here: Italy: Breakfast (La Prima Colazione) in Poggibonsi, Tuscany, Italy.)
How about a cheesy loaf of bread served with rosemary infused olive oil or a crusty roll flavored with pesto and garlic;
a crusty, hollow rosetta roll just ready for some butter and jam or thin slices of ham and cheese;
a deep-crust pizza topped with tomatoes, cheese, and basil;
or a limone tarte, carnetto (sweet croissants), la sfogliatella (filled, flaky-layered pastries), crostata di frutta (fruit-filled rustic tarts), tiramisu, an amaretti (small amaretto-flavored cookies).
Each delectable offering is irresistable and taunting. How can I just choose one? How about a little of this and a little of that. And maybe that other one for later in the morning.
It’s just as bad as going into a gelato shop and having to choose one flavor. Nope, it can’t be done.
And choosing a favorite quote is as hard as choosing a favorite kitten from a box of sweetie-pies sitting outside the neighborhood grocery store. Just impossible.
But I must admit, that I do have a few favorite quotes that I toss out from time to time. And wouldn’t you know, most of them are about: cats. Cats and poems about cats make me smile.
T.S. Eliot in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (later to become CATS, the Broadway musical) has some of my favorite lines, starting with:
The naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t one of your holiday games.
You may thing at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT 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 up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his wishers, or cherish his pride?
. . .
There’s more to this delicious cat-naming silliness, but you’ll have to pull it up on Internet yourself.
The Last Meow
How does one name a feline of such obvious royal character and lineage? Now tell me. T.S. Eliot got it right:
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 KNOW, and will never confess.
Meow for now. =<^ ; ^>=
Here are some favorite quotes of a few of my WANA112 blogger buddies:
Ellen Gregory reminds you that Your Stories Matter
Cora Ramos shares Four Steps to Writing a Novel
Kim Griffin presents Understanding Life and Ice Cream Happiness
By the way, what have you named the royal king, queen, prince, or princess in your household? And does your cat approve of this earthly name? I’ll write a post next week on the royal names you send to me.