I lied to my Year Sevens. Fabricated the starter, told them that adorning my refrigerator was a note pawed in ink. I told them it was written by William Carlos Williams, my cat. The note had an apology for the fact that the sweet plums were eaten by the cat. He also opined that he was ‘very bothered’ that his greed had been uncovered. I worry now for the sanity of the students as they ponder the ‘is he, isn’t he’ existing creation. Although there were no none animals ‘not injured’ going forward I feel the need for prudence and rechristen the cat for the next generation in the tick box marked clearly for Schrödinger.