As I sat through the class assignment process of munchkin’s first day of kindergarten, I cringed as teacher after teacher struggled to pronounce both first and last names of kids on their list.
At that moment, I was forcefully tossed back to my own adult episodes of having my name misspelled or mispronounced, or even worse, to having my last name and my first name swapped and hence switching my gender. Oh the horror!!! This is why I hardly ever use my first name now and if I do, it’s because my legal name is required.
When naming my children, I asked myself the following questions:
– Does it sound the way it is spelled?
– Is it easy to pronounce?
– Does it identify them correctly as male or female?
Why so much detail? All those issues surround my name and I didn’t want that for my kids.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate my name, it’s popular in my hometown. But now that I live in another country and culture, it’s not popular here so it’s quite frustrating! But enough about me, what about you? Is your name hard to pronounce or spell? Does your name have special significance? Have you ever wished to change your name? Or do you love your name as it is?
I’m sure that by the end of the week, all those teachers would have a handle on the names of every kid in their class, so here’s wishing my munchkin, her new friends and her teachers a fabulous 2016- 2017 school year. Happy adventures!!!
* Munchkin’s 1st day of Kindergarten
Contents written: September 8 2016
Originally published: September 14 2016
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