Thursday, February 12, 2009
What's In a Name
My sister tells us this story about a woman who's daughter was in the hospital where she worked. The lady was all in a huff because the nurses were not pronouncing her daughter's name, La-eia, correctly. Terri told her to just tell them the correct pronunciation and she'd see to it that they'd say her name correctly from then on. The woman's reply was, "It's a simple name really if you'll just remember that the DASH is NOT silent. La (dash) eia."
What is it with these people? Do they not realize that they're giving their children names that will define them every single day for the rest of their lives? When we named our children my first concern was that they be able to spell, and write, their names before reaching adulthood. We have "Trisha", "Jami", and "James", simple names, good names, strong names, common names, but not so common that they ever had more than 1 other child in any of their classes with the same names.
I was reading the Honor Roll list from one of the nearby school districts a while ago and all I could do was shake my head when I read some of the names of the children. Can you imagine being in kindergarten and having to learn how to spell, "Darhranesha", or "Shonqawnicksa", "Trieqauna", "Tieawauna", "Lavortchano", or heaven help you, "Shaquirta"?
Another story my sister, the nurse, told me was about this woman who was naming her newborn son and the nurse was helping her to fill out the birth announcement for the newspaper. The woman said the baby's name was Dominique, the nurse asked her to please spell it so she'd get it right and the woman said, "D O N O T H I N G". Then she got mad because the nurse couldn't stop laughing!
Please Momma's, have mercy on your children by giving them a names that they can spell before they're 20!