Saturday, September 15, 2007

How I Got My Name Meme

My lovely friend, Kellie the Orange Cat, tagged me for the How I Got My Name Meme! This will be fun.

The short answer is that I was named after the very famous actress, Marilyn Monroe.

But there's a longer answer *smile*. And here's the story:

I showed up as a stray cat on Mom and Dad's back porch. Mom and Dad fell in love with me at first sight, and they decided to bring me into the house and make me an indoor kitty. They quickly learned what an affectionate kitty I am -- not only do I love to be petted, held, picked up, carried around and cuddled, but I also give hugs and kisses, and I smile when I'm smiled at.

Mom is a great fan of the novelist Joyce Carol Oates. And right around the time I showed up as a stray on Mom and Dad's back porch, Mom had started reading this novel:

Blonde is a novel based on Marilyn Monroe's life, and Mom says it's a wonderful, sad, and poignant book. Mom's heart has always gone out to Marilyn Monroe -- though Marilyn was so famous and celebrated, she experienced much sadness and disappointment in her personal life. Blonde explores those various aspects of Marilyn -- the bombshell persona and the real person underneath. For anykitty or anybean who is interested, Mom wrote, in December of last year, a review of Blonde on her writing blog.

Anyway, soon after Mom and Dad had met me, Mom was talking to Dad about Blonde. She likes to discuss the books she reads. And during the discussion, it occurred to Dad:

Dad: "Her name is Marilyn."

Mom: "Whose?" (Dad shifted gears on Mom quickly; she was still thinking about the novel!)

Dad: "Our new kitty. Miss Beautiful White Girl with the gold eye and the blue eye."

Mom: Oh my goodness, yes -- how perfect for her! She'll be "Marilyn MonREOW." (pronouncing the last syllable of MonREOW like "Meow.")

Dad: *chuckle*!

Mom: *singing*

"I wanna be loved by you, just you,
Nobody else but you,
I wanna be loved by you,

(and SQUEE!)

So that's the story of how I got my name. *smile*

And though I'm not as famous as my namesake, I'm not sad. I'm a lucky, happy, deeply-loved kitty.

And I'm going to tag: my darling Mickeybear, my brother MaoMao, and my cousin Gretchen.


Henry Helton said...

Marilyn, you have a very beautiful name!

Jeter and Mickey said...

I'm glad you said that you're not sad ... and that you're lucky, happy and deeply loved!
I really enjoyed reading the story you told ... and now ...
I'm off to write my story!
(and I'm going to read your mom's review of Blonde, too!

Jeter and Mickey said...

Did you see the newest photo-portrait?
I will put it on my blog tomorrow.

Gretchen said...

Okeedokee, I got my How I Got My Name up. It's not as exciting as yours, however. You have the best name any beautiful white cat such as yourself could possibly have. My bean always adored your namesake and will now have to read the book about her life.

Bunches of Hugs...G

Dragonheart said...

Very sweet story, Marilyn. Your name suits you perfectly!

Daisy said...

Marilyn, I think your name suits you perfectly because you are glamorous and beautiful, just like your namesake.

zevo calamari said...

What a great story...and lovely name!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story to get a name!

Karen Jo said...

I really like how you got your name, Marilyn. It suits you perfectly.

Oscar the Puppy Cat said...

Oh Marilyn, you really are a beauty! I've always thought that you were perfectly named. I don't know much about your namesake except that she was a tragic beauty. You are not a tragic story, to my you are a happy contiuation to the kind of life she deserved! Does that make sense?
I love you as if you were my kitty, sweet girl! I love all my kitty friends here in the blogosphere!

Samantha & Tigger said...

Marilyn that is such a neat story of how you got your name and it fits you so perfectly. We like learning how other cats got there names. We loved the pictures of you with the feathers in your hair from yesterday, too.
Your FL furiends,

michico 小芥 said...

Out of sight~!!!!Marilyn, your name is wonderful~!
I love your name very much, I was wondering that coming from sometimes, but now I know it I am so happy about that. You are a wonderful beautiful lady, much more pretty and adorable than that famous Marilyn I am sure.

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

The name Marilyn suits you perfectly : )