The new kitten’s name, by the way, is Mouse.

This after many more dignified names rolled off her like so much water. Because we’re well aware around here that Mouse, while a fine baby name, isn’t the sort of name that all cats can carry into adulthood, let alone middle age. There’s a good chance that one day, a weightier name will still be called for.

But this is not that day, and this day her name is Mouse.

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