Allow me to introduce you to the newest residents of Tanglewood.
Little Anne Shirley (I’m stunned by how few people recognize the reference!) stole our hearts during a coffee date this week. Though I knew we would play with the many kittens on our friends farm, I did not intend to bring one home. Then we met Anne. She’s beautiful and spectacularly well-named given our current storybook-in-progress. Plus, we are very close to having a barn in need of a good mouser. As little Miss likes to say, Tanglewood isn’t so very different from Green Gables.
When two big-eyed girls asked if we could take her home, who was I to stand in their way?
And who was I to say no the next morning when one big-eyed little sister made the case for adopting a playmate for Anne. She’s lonely. She’s used to having a brother or sister to snuggle. And I would be so much more responsible if I had my own kitten.
Introducing Peeta (temporarily Ron Weasly, he’s now been re-named after a favorite character from The Hunger Games). He’s brave, he’s a natural climber, and he’s great at showing our big dog that kittens don’t make interesting snacks.
Extra kitty acquisitions are one of the many joys of country living. They’ll have a critical job in the barn. And they bring a smile to everyone’s face (well, perhaps not Scout’s).
Just look at the next storybook we’ll be reading together: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest. It found it’s way into the girls bedroom as if by fairy magic.