You may have heard that dogs have masters but cats have staff. It’s true. Even though Barbara and I are privileged to share our house with five cats — well, actually six at the moment, since we have temporary custody of a foster cat whose human is in England for the year — we still celebrated the new year by eating dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant on Chinese New Year’s Eve.
The next day — Chinese New Year — we liked this cartoon:
I showed it to one of my students and asked her to please arrange for the insertion of a Year of the Cat in the Chinese Zodiac. She couldn’t do that, but she did send me the explanation for why the first year in the cycle isn’t named for the cat, as one might expect, but for the rat of all things.