Photo credit: Brittney Sheidegger
"Bella's been asking for a cat since last Christmas," Brittney, mom of two, tells me. And though it took many months for her dream to come true, this super sweet video captures the moment she met Fluffy Marie Tinkerbell.
Awakened by a kitten
Can you imagine? You've been asking your parents for months for a kitten, and you've even spent weeks and weeks pondering the perfect name. Then one morning, you wake up with your new best friend in your bed. For a 4-year-old girl, this is exactly what happened.
Brittney and David Scheidegger thought that getting Bella a kitten around Christmas, when she originally asked for one, wasn't the best idea because their youngest child wasn't quite a year old. They thought that when Bella turns 5 in September they'd get her one for her birthday, but when Brittney spotted an online ad for kittens, she knew that it was the perfect time to bring Fluffy Marie Tinkerbell home.
And the name? It's a mouthful, but as you can imagine, it has lots of meaning, and evolved over time. "Originally she said she wanted a kitty named Fluffy, which was simple enough, but then she was watching Tinkerbell one day and added that on," Brittney explains. "Then one day several weeks later she was watching The Aristocats, and said, 'That kitty's name is Marie! That's my middle name! I want that to be my kitty's middle name too!'"
So well before she arrived at their home, Fluffy Marie Tinkerbell received a name befit of royalty.