Sometimes you know you aren’t going to get through a day without adopting a cat. For example, if your wife shows up from shopping with a new litter box, collar, and pet bowl and asks you if you want to go down to the animal shelter where she volunteers sometimes, she’s got somebody she wants you to meet.
Her shelter name is Ysanne, and she’s been waiting 18 months for a permanent home. She’s a spry, wriggly kitty, so Charlotte won out over Beatrix and Madeline and other names we considered. There’s just something spidery about her. Perhaps she will even write messages in her litter box: SOME HUMANS or RADIANT ACTION. Besides being the heroine of my favorite book, Charlotte is also the hero of this excellent fantasy series. Add in Bronte and you have abundant literary karma.