Friday, April 16, 2010
The Velveteen Kitty
Last summer right before our big move my mother in law came down to visit us. She brought along a couple of Kevin's favorite books from childhood to read to the girls. One of them was 'the Velveteen Rabbit'. K was very taken by this story.
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
A couple of months ago K mentioned that she wanted her 'white kitty' to be so loved that she came to life, then she gave me a huge smile and went back to playing. She had the so loved part down. Her white kitty is, indeed, very loved. The poor thing looks like it has been through a war from years of cuddling and play.
I could just see her envisioning white kitty running around the house through that big smile. It was such a sweet moment. I had to share it with Kevin later that night.
Time passed and her white kitty stayed the same. She would still mention every now and then how badly she wanted her to come to life someday, and every time Kevin would get a mischievous look on his face.
Then something magical happened...
White kitty came to life!
She appeared in K's room a few nights ago before I tucked her into bed. If you could have only seen the expression on K's face when she saw her.
Kevin really wanted to make K's fairy tale come true and searched through animal shelters, cat rescue groups and on Craigslist for quite some time. Then last week he finally found her. She was posted on Craigslist - Free to a good home. We already have a zoo in our house (Hee,hee) so why not add just one more? It seemed like fate, how could we deny it?!
K decided her name was to be Arctica White Kitty (Gotta love kid picked names), and would you believe she sleeps with K every night? She really is her kitty.