Ambition this shall tempt to rise,
And moody Madness laughing wild
Amid severest woe.
-from Thomas Gray's "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College"
The other day, when I was leaving choir practice, one of our young sopranos ran through a list of names for potential offspring she may or may not have someday. It's kind of a silly exercise, but I've always like naming things, and if I ever have a French Bulldog (as pictured above), I plan to name him or her Die Fliedermaus, and call him or her Flie for short.
I've also decided that my next cat will be named Sparkle Motion - if I catch any of you stealing that name, there will be hell to pay!