Since I brought home my new kittens last weekend, more than a few people have asked about their names, Linus and Sabrina.
When I decided to get a male and a female kitten, I went on a hunt for a good “couple” identity in literature or popular culture. So many of those I tried out were wrong because the story ended tragically (Heloise and Abelard), so many were wrong because the names would overwhelm babies and be unacceptably shortened to nicknames unacceptable for the regal cats into which these babies will grow (Antony and Cleopatra), and others came up short as too pretentious (Paolo and Francesca).
Cue my dad.
Although he couldn’t remember the male character’s name, he suggested Sabrina as played by Audrey Hepburn (and Linus played by Humphrey Bogart). A fabulous film with a happy ending for its protagonists.
Hence, the kittens were named.
Welcome to the world, babies!