Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Last Name Issue

Last night, we brought home the newest member of our family: Liz Lemon the cat.  We promptly became ridiculous doting cat parents and filled a new Facebook album with pictures of Ms. Liz.  Besides all the warm fuzzy love and lap snuggles, the best part of this process so far has been J's photo captions in Facebook: without any input from me, he introduced her as "Liz Lemon Mylast Hislast."  I proceeded to swoon and fall a little bit more in love with the father of our new triple-barreled-last-name cat.  It made me wish that the last name questions surrounding marriage and children were nearly as simple and obvious: the cat belongs to us both and so she carries both of our names. However, it's not nearly as easy when we start to talk about children.  We have slightly different viewpoints about that emotional minefield that we've only begun to address (and so I will save that blog post for another time.)  For the moment, I'm just going to bask in the glow of kitty love and egalitarian partner love as my family expands to welcome both.





I promise this won't turn into a crazy cat lady blog, but I couldn't write about my new rescue kitty without posting pictures, could I?

12 comments:

  1. a-freakin-dorable! she looks just like my kitty Lola! you, j, and miss lemon will be very happy together i'm sure. congrats on the new addition to the fam ;)

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  2. Oh please do become a crazy cat lady who posts a million photos of her kitty! Please!

    Our kittens have my last name because I was the first one to bring them to the vet. So they got my name. If only naming kids was that easy.

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  3. Congrats on being a new cat owner. Eric and I have a kitty too! Oscar, he is black and sometimes I think he is the devil but I love him!

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  4. I love the pic of her staring at the fish!

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  5. So cute! I am so jealous I want a kitteh so bad. And what a great way to segway into last name conversations. Kitties make such good standins for children, don't they?

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  6. Aw, congrats on the new kitty! She's so pretty and I love her name. We just got a new kitten too - Loki the Fuzzy Killer. :) I hate the last name issue too. I'm keeping mine, but if/when we eventually have kids, I wish there was a way to give them both of our last names.

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  7. I love Liz Lemon, person and kitty! We have a kitty and the vet gave it the full name "Meomi Mylastname".

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  8. You picked a great name! Liz Lemon -- love it!

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  9. Congrats! Also, totally get what you mean about the last name thing. Fortunately, Mark is totally down with whatever I want to do with kids, as long as he's in the last name. I'm the holdout, just because growing up with a hyphenated last name is so darn difficult! Right now I'm thinking two middle names, one last - it sucks because name picking is both a matter of emotional tension and convenience, and it comes down to what is more worth it?

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  10. I looooove that you named her Liz Lemon! I hope you say it in the Oprah voice when you see her "LIZ LEM-ON!!!"

    Lisa@craftmybride

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