Today is World Cat Day, established in 1853 by Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson’s third cousin, twice removed – at her request) to honor third cousin Lavinia Dickinson who, unlike her sister Emily, loved cats. Emmett Lee Dickinson loved cats too.
Lavinia Dickinson was very appreciative of Emmett Lee’s establishment of World Cat Day – “a day when cats can think they are the rulers of the world,” she said.
“Just like every other day,” replied Emily.
Pictured at the right: Lavinia Dickinson and her cat Drummy-Doodles.
Emmett Lee Dickinson wrote several poems about cats, including “My Human – I’ll meow” (below on the left). His poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem “My Maker – let me be” (below on the right).
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
My Human – I'll meow
A Word of two for thee –
But knowing this
When mad I'll hiss –
By Emily Dickinson:
My Maker – let me be
A World of two from thee –
But nearer this
I more should miss –