Little Girl Bawls In Viral Video After Learning She Can’t Marry Her Dad

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Learning that we can’t always get what we want can be a tough pill for a lot of kids to swallow. We spend the first years of our lives being handed everything we could dream of and more (considering we can’t dream up much at that age), so coming to terms with the fact that not everything is ours to take is a major shift in thought.

This only intensifies when you learn that not only are some things not for you, but they’re not possible at all! The world is suddenly not your oyster and your dreams are crushed; dreams you will later acknowledge as incredibly silly. A little girl went viral when her mom filmed the moment she received this earth-shattering knowledge and posted it to social media.

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The World Starts Small

When you’re very young, you think of your parents as your entire world. Besides maybe school friends and teachers, your parents are the people you spend most of your time with at that age. You watch them, learn from them, and mimic them. Not to mention your experiences are so limited that it feels impossible to even conceptualize adult concerns such as relationships or marriage.

A young boy jumps in a puddle on a dirt road.
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Pexels / Luna Lovegood

However, in their desire to grow, children will notice concepts and ask about them anyway. This can lead to some sweet, yet silly moments where some points are missed.

Slim Pickings

Kids have such a limited sample of people in the world, so when presented with the idea of a relationship, they think within equally limited options. How are they meant to think about a future with a stranger? That’s dangerous!

A man playing a puzzle with his daughter.
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Pexels / Karolina Grabowska

When they think of the best person they know, they’ll often think of their parents first. Put the two together, and you have kids thinking well, surely they can just date one of their parents when they’re older, right?

When they’re too young to understand why that’s not the case, they might get a little upset to learn the truth…

Like One Girl From Cedar Rapids

Her name is Bella Atkinson, and a video of her emotional reaction to the news that she couldn’t marry her dad went viral some time ago. In it, she’s crying over the fact that there’s only one of her dad, and she can’t marry him because her mom already did.

The video, uploaded by mom Jenna to Instagram, features on-screen text that reads, “When you realize the man of your dreams is already taken… by your mom.”

Bella was only three years old at the time the video was taken and left viewers everywhere in awe at her cuteness.

How It All Began

Jenna got to speak to Good Morning America about the video after it was shared around the internet, explaining the lead-up to Bella’s devastating realization.

It started when Bella noticed a photo from her parent’s wedding day and asked about it. “She said ‘You and Dad are married?’ I told her, ‘Yes, do you think you will get married one day too?’ Then, after she thought about that for a while, she got a sad look on her face and realized her dream man—Daddy Matt—was already taken. and the conversation in the video is what ensued,” Jenna explained.

Her True Love

The video begins with Bella saying, “There’s no two Matty Dad.”

Jenna then has Bella repeat her feelings, first asking why she’s crying. When Bella can’t find the words to respond, Jenna asks, “Because there’s only one Matt Dad?” Bella nods. “And he’s already married?” Bella nods again. “So you can’t marry him?” Bella shakes her head this time, letting out a hefty cry afterward.

“Who are you going to marry then?” Jenna asks. “Nobody!” Bella declares, explaining that because there are no more Daddy Matts available, she’d rather have no one instead.

Bella Is Clearly Close With Her Father

“He teaches her about the outdoors and how to be strong and fearless, but is also always just as happy to be her favorite customer at the ‘beauty parlor’ to get his nails painted or give her extra kisses in a ‘cuddle nest’ of blankets and pillows on the couch,” Jenna recalled.

“She runs to the door every time she hears him pull in from work and I’m not sure which one of them is more excited when he opens the door.”

The Video Ends With A Compromise

After Bella has done her crying about not being able to marry her dad, Jenna asks if she should share Matt, to which Bella agrees. Jenna concedes, saying that if it makes Bella happy, then she can learn to share.

“As she gets older, it’ll be an easier transition to accept she needs to find someone else to potentially marry,” Jenna later told GMA, adding that, “He has definitely set a high bar for any other boys that come into her life one day.”

An Instant Classic

The video got laughs from parents and adoration from other watchers everywhere who found Bella’s stubbornness and dismay to be absolutely adorable. The comments were filled with people joking about the situation, finding even more joy in her cuteness.

“This will make an awesome video when she grows up and decides to get married. So adorable!” read one comment.

“Well, that’ll make Daddy Matt feel like the most loved person on the planet!” said another.

Our Growth Is Amazing

To watch an admittedly very silly video of a young girl emotionally responding to her perception of the world is not only fun, but it provides some amazing perspective.

A young girl extending her arms as she looks upwards, smiling, autumn leaves falling around her.
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Pexels / JoEllen Moths

Consider how Bella views the idea of relationships and what she considers her only conceivable option for marriage. Now, think about the world of dating as an adult. It’s so vast, with so many tools at our disposal to help us find our perfect match. The difference is incredibly drastic.

The expansion of our worldview and knowledge of social structures does come with a number of burdens though, so returning to a sweet video like this and remembering a simpler time is a welcome break from adult pressures. Don’t be in a rush to grow up, Bella, you have plenty left to enjoy!

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Daniel Mitchell-Benoit

Dan is a content writer with three years of experience under their belt, having mostly covered viral media but now shifting toward spirituality and astrology. He’s a strong believer in using one’s beliefs as a means of self-improvement and being in touch with whatever messages the universe has to offer.

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