Somewhere, my dad is having a heart attack as he reads this. No, it's not what you think. Children, if we have any, are a long way off. The new member of our family is small, four-footed, and covered in white fur. Her name is Kabegami, and we took her home from the Frederick Country Animal Shelter about a week and a half ago. She's a beautiful flame-point Siamese mix, meaning that she's got cream colored fur which goes to orange on her ears, nose, and tail. She also looks like she's got some orange tabby in her, because her tail has these great stripes.
She's a real sweetheart, too... very shy and cautious when we brought her home from the shelter. Although we had expected that, I think we were a little worried at first that she'd never stop being scared of everything. The shelter said she came from a house with 22 cats, all of whom ended up at the shelter when the owners' home was foreclosed. As a result, she's got some personality quirks. She's very needy... if you ignore her for more than a few minutes, she starts crying like she's been abandoned. It also seems that her previous owners must have scolded her by swatting her, because every time Steve or I scolds her for something (we use a squirt bottle), she always flinches when you try to touch her afterward. Still, she's really opened up as she's gotten used to us, and it turns out she's a total goofball. She's still an attention hog (but then, what cat isn't?), but she keeps us laughing with her antics. She's also very good with strangers—instead of running and hiding when new people come over, she demands their attention as eagerly as she demands ours.
So that's about it... no insight this time around. I'm just happy to have a new member in our family.