On my mother’s side of the family, we can (supposedly) be traced all the way back to the arrival of the Mayflower and her sister ships. My great grandfather, on that side, was part of the California gold rush. We have, among our family ranks, Edwin Markham, a famous poet. According to Wikipedia, six schools in California were named after Edwin Markham. Schools in other states were named in his honor.
I suppose I am trying to say that we are kind of a big deal around here.
Just once, I would like my 40 pounds of housecat to acknowledge that as I am scooping their pellets and clumps from the litterbox.