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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Levon profile
“Whaddaya wanna call the cat?” <eltonjohn>“He shall be... Levon!”</eltonjohn>

After a brief period of catlessness, it appears that we will be returning to Atlanta with a new Animal Companion.

Meet Levon, our practically brand-new ragdoll kitty, who hails from the same place whence came Brando.  He is insufferably cute, as befits a cat in the early stages of kittenhood.

Levon Bonds with SWMBO
SWMBO and Levon get in a little Bonding Time.

Bestowing a name on a cat is a tricky business. We considered numerous options, including Nigel, Frunobulax, Ruggedly Andy, Brenrick, and Felix Hisownscrotum before settling on Levon. It’s a name that works on more than one level. It’s an anagram for “novel,” i.e., “new.” And if you stress the second syllable - luh-VON instead of LEE-von - you have the word for “white” in Hebrew. So his name is not only a hat-tip to Sir Elton John, it’s descriptive!

Levon’s full name, in case you’re curious, is Levon Chelm - pronounced not with the ch of “cheese,” but with the guttural ch sound of “loch.”  His moniker thus functions not only as a tribute to Levon Helm, the legendary drummer of The Band (and the inspiration for Elton John’s song), but also to Chelm, the legendary village of fools from Yiddish literature.

When we return home after Thanksgiving, the house will no longer be quite so empty and quiet.  Hello, Kitty!


Erica said...

Mazel tov (again)! Also -- not to be a Jooish smarty pants, but, if you add an "e" at the end of "Levon" (pronounced "uh" -- "Lee-VOH-nuh"), you would also have the word for moon. I'm sure I didn't need to tell you that. :)

Rahel said...

Mazal tov! Hello, lovely Levon!

Rahel said...

Erica -- you might also end up with the word for "frankincense."

Teresa said...

That is so wonderful! I'm very very happy for the Elisson household. Levon is beautiful!!!

KeesKennis said...

Kitty's are good. With me being away a lot the Cat's Mother are looked after by our lot.

Sissy Willis said...

Love On! He will bring you so much joy. What a sweetheart to soothe your aching hearts.

Joan of Argghh! said...

Yay, the kitteh! Mazel tov!

Kevin Kim said...

And here I was, thinking the name "Levon" sounded kinda gangsta. I thought he'd be hangin' out back with his fellow gangsta kitties, LeShawn and LeQuan.

Anonymous said...

We lost our 17 year old cat last December. We lasted less than 24 hours before we got our black and white 3-l/2 month old kitten, "Spot". He's adorable and loves to play. In a way Tasha gave us Spot. Have fun with Levon.

Jim said...

Will you invite us all the the Kat Mitzvah?

Congratulations on the addition!

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