One of the things we do here at CatTail Studio Arts when we have the honor of selling a new pet dish to a customer is to ask for the story behind the name and a photo of the happy recipient to add to our blog roll. It is a fun way for us to see our handiwork in use and our customers can have the pleasure of seeing their pet posted on our blog. I can’t tell you how many times we receive a photo or a story and it puts an instant smile on our faces. Through ‘Customer Cat Tales’, we share some of our favorites with you.
My Mom, who was born on the summer solstice, loved the fact that her birthday always had the most sunlight of any other day of the year (in the US). And she made no excuses for not appreciating the first day of winter, or the winter solstice, when the least amount of daylight hit our Midwest home. From that day on, she would remind us most mornings over breakfast that the days were getting longer (until about late January when you could start to actually notice because it wasn’t dark while trying to get ready and out the door to school).
As a result of these regular reminders, I am pretty attune to my seasons and solstices. In two days, in the US, it will again be the first day of winter. And with that thought of changing seasons in mind, I share with you this humorous tale of a customer’s cat named ‘Haru’…
“I got Haru from a friend who had found him and his mom on the side of the road. She was a great person to get the cat from because she took it upon herself to get all his shots and neutering done before turning him over to me. Basically, she just wanted him to have a good home and gave him to me free of charge! The only thing left for me to do was to name him.
I was really struggling with a name and another friend of mine, who was learning Japanese at the time, suggested ‘haru’ because she knew I loved the winter and haru meant winter. I thought it fit him perfectly so that’s exactly what I named him!
I came to find out a week later that haru actually means spring in Japanese, not winter. But I was already in love with that name for him so I didn’t bother to try to change it.
I still love the name and I’m happy my friend suggested it even though, technically, his name is just a bad translation. As a side benefit, I’ll never forget how to say ‘spring’ in Japanese! “