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The Name Game

Yes.  We have another one coming and he’s going to need a name.

Yes.  It’s a lot of pressure. . .

You have to get it just right.

Not too common.  Not too weird.

Make sure the initials don’t spell A-S-S or whatever. . .

And you know, as you are naming you precious little one, no matter how “perfect” the name might seem, sooner or later some other kid is going to come along and give your kid an insulting moniker.

We have a Mackinley. . .Mac. . .with a blatantly Italian last name.

There’s little doubt in my mind he’s going to be referred to as Macaroni – likely both affectionately and less than affectionately by his friends and classmates. . .and perhaps even into adulthood . .

But that didn’t seem SO bad to me. . .

Especially considering his last name can be easily crafted into MORON with the omission of just a few letters.  You don’t even need a whole lot of intelligence or creativity to figure that one out. . .


You just do the best you can. . .

And hopefully, teach your child to be considerate and respectful of others.

And pray like crazy your kid listens and doesn’t make up nicknames for others in a malicious manner.  Or bully them.  Or engage in other truly offensive and mean-spirited behavior. . .

And I’m trying to lead by example.  (Except that part in yesterday’s post when I referred to a man I didn’t know as a lazy-assed douche bag.  Nobody’s perfect right?)

Anyway, I was hoping Mac would learn to be sensitive of others’ names.

BUT my HUSBAND apparently wasn’t completely aware of my wishes.  . .

We have a book about butterflies Mac loves.  It was written by Darlene Freeman.  And of course, my Husband now refers to her exclusively as Darlene PEE-MAN.

And Mac thinks this is positively HILARIOUS.

(And it absolutely blows my mind that he’s 27 months old and somehow “gets” that calling someone pee-man is funny.)

This has been going on for a couple of weeks now.

And I haven’t really had the time or energy to discuss my feelings about the situation with my Husband.  I mean, it seems harmless enough.  Mac’s not running around calling everyone pee-man.  He just laughs when Chris says it.

And frankly, at this stage, I’m not sure if I should even make an issue out of it.  I mean, if I try to explain to Mac that we should not call Darlene a PEE-MAN is that going to cause Mac to WANT to call her and others pee man?

SO I was kinda’ just avoiding the whole topic hoping it would pass.

Then the other night, as Chris headed up the stairs to get ready for bed, Mac and I settled in on the sofa to read Where The Wild Things Are.

I opened the book to the title page and said, “Where The Wild Things Are.”

And Mac appropriately added, “by Maurice Sendak. . .”

BUT THEN I heard my Husband whisper under his breath, “By MAURICE BALL-SACK. . .”  as he crept up the stairs.  And he continued to laugh hysterically about it the entire time he brushed his teeth.

I guess it’s time I have a little talk with BOTH my actual child and my Husband who cracks himself up acting like one. . .


Sendak. . .BALL SACK. . .Where does he get this stuff?!

6 Responses to “The Name Game”

  1. m-i-l says:

    Unfortunately, I know where he gets it!

  2. Shay says:

    Okay, but dammit, Deni, Maurice Ballsack is HILARIOUS!! 🙂
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    • admin says:

      Shay, I read my Husband this comment and told him how your blog is one of the most hilarious and entertaining ones I regularly read. Ever since, he’s been very full of himself. Thanks. Thanks a lot! hahahaha.

  3. Rick says:

    It absolutely amazes me how something said that is even remotely shady is remembered and repeated by children, many times in public places. And, as in most cases, it is daddy who is the instigator.

    • admin says:

      I guess that’s what Daddy’s are for. . .This past weekend we’ve moved into Kid pounds Father in chest in public places (including church) hoping he’ll belch on demand. Shaking my head. . .Trying not to laugh.