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Sundays with Simon and Sammie: The Naming of Cats

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Today’s poem was introduced to us by our friend Doug. It is one of the poems written by T. S. Eliot for his book  Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.  Nanny discovered that it is the basis for the musical Cats.  Who knew!!

The Naming Of Cats by T. S. Eliot
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 up 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
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

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My everyday name is Simon.  But, because I resemble a Russian Blue, Nanny calls me Simon Killmouseky as a more dignified name.
Buddy is called Buddy everyday but his proper name is Buddy Foster.
Sammie doesn’t have a more dignified name yet.  Nanny wants to call him Samuel Johnson because Samuel Johnson wrote a dictionary and Nanny likes words.  But I fear that would make Sammie pretentious.
Please help us find a dignified, proper name for Sammie. You can simply leave your ideas in the comment section below.
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4 comments on “Sundays with Simon and Sammie: The Naming of Cats

  1. Jennifer Kelland Perry
    January 5, 2016

    Elliott? Cleo? Jasper? Max?

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