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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
You Want to Name a Baby? Have a Baby. – Part I
Blackwell and I decided early on that, if we ever had a boy, we’d name him
????. It’s an old name and, while it’s usually a surname, it didn’t seem to
be a reach into the far-flung or trendy.
Pictured: Blackwell's self-satisfaction with his taste in names
As it turns
out, we’re having two boys, so we opted for my mother’s maiden name, ?????,
?????. I decided immediately that these names were fantastic and I just knew
everyone would agree.
Blackwell and I had done what no other couple had: we’d selected two perfect
names. Names destined to be universally loved and admired.
smart names!” our friends would say. “Original, but not trendy,” others would
enough, most folks seemed genuinely pleased with our choices. And then, over
the holidays, it happened. I was at a Christmas party when a well intentioned
woman asked tentatively, “Have you got names yet?”
“Why yes," I
said merrily. "????? and ?????.”
her reaction I could have just as easily said, “Why yes. We’ll be naming them
Screw and You.”
was obviously not a fan and I laughed at her reaction. Mistaking my laughter
for something else, the lady said with relief, “Oh, you’re kidding. Hah!”
“Oh no,” I
replied, “those are their names. You don’t like them, but that’s alright. We
to laugh. I’m not sure if the lady was more perplexed by my reaction, or the
names we’ve selected. Her bemusement notwithstanding, our exchange ended
further reflection, I began to get offended.
great names. What does that old lady know?”
recently, I met a lady who has a one-year-old boy named ‘Kyler.’ My first
instinct was, “What were you thinkng? It sounds like you couldn’t decide
between Kyle or Tyler.” Then I thought about the lady at the party and I
I didn’t do
a 180 and decide Kyler is a great name. I did however decide that the right
people decided it was. Kyler’s mom and dad thought a lot about that name and
they love it. Who’s to say how much thought the parents of John or William put
into their name?
I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve decided naming a baby is a lot like
raising them. Everyone has an opinion. Some folks will think you’re doing
great, while others will think you’re loony.
If, by the
time they’re grown men, my biggest regret is that we’ve named our sons ????? and ????? my wife and I will have done a lot right. That said, there are lines.
consideration for the relativity of taste in mind, please enjoy the world class
photography I’ve included below. I’m considering getting a 24 X 36 above my