The calm at the center of a pearl

January 25, 2008

The things parents do to their offspring…

Filed under: Journaling — kyraninse @ 3:39 pm

I once heard somewhere that children are like glassware; while bringing them up, there is always the inevitable smudge or crack that you will leave upon them.

Just because it’s inevitable.

Well, all I have to say to that is, some smudges may be inevitable, but some are just downright plain careless.

I work at the library and I see the most awe-inspiring names.

Names that make me shake my head and want to have a gander inside the head of the person who thought this would be a great idea.

  • Amber Dawn — there’s also not just one, but two people saddled with this name on Facebook. Frankly, I’m appalled.
  • Elizabeth Bailey Wakefield — Sweet Valley High, anyone? Oh dear.
  • xxx the III  – First of all, that’s just asking for teasing. Secondly, who needs to be the III or IV of anything?
  • Delicious / Precious Dick — No, I’m not kidding — their last name IS Dick.
  • Prince  — just…huh?

Then there’s the terribly New- Agey names. Much like Amber Dawn, except worse. At least with Amber Dawn you might be able to get away with being called Amber and just put Amber D (surname) on legal papers. Dakota Rain is an awesome double whammy. Not to mention the requisite Raven, Rowan, Rhiannon, Rainbow…

Also the craze over naming kids for places. No more naming kids Paris, please. The two in the news are quite more than enough. Or any other noun – Apple springs to mind.

And could we not name children after gods while we’re at it? The last definitely depends upon culture. It’s really one thing for Asian Indians to do it, but having an American couple name their child Athena is just — *cringe*.

Lastly, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, naming your child something and then spelling it in a “innovative” way is just – no, no, and NO. One such name (Krystyna ) nearly made me want to bang my head against the wall. Or Ryvre (River). As with clothing, trying too hard just isn’t attractive. Seriously.

* Actually, Ryvre could be a pretty attractive name in its own right if it wasn’t trying so hard to be River.

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