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Roll call fumble

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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!!!

Hugs,
A🌷

* Munchkin’s 1st day of Kindergarten


Contents written: September 8 2016
Originally published: September 14 2016
Copyright © 2016 Moylom Enterprises


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11 thoughts on “Roll call fumble”

  1. Oh, trust me I feel your pain. I’m a substitute teacher *grin* Every time I go into a new classroom, unless the district isn’t very diverse, I have a heck of a time pronouncing their names. I feel bad for it and I apologize at the beginning of the class because I know for a fact i’m going to butcher at least one name. Yesterday for example, I had two girls named Emmaline. It’s not a popular name around here, I’ve never heard it before. Both times I prounouced it: Emma-lean, when it was pronounced: Emma-line. I usually blame it ont he English language and phonetics and move on with the lesson.

    As far as my name goes, I had one of the most common, most generic names in America before I was married. I was proud of my first name because it was a legacy. My middle name is less common, but not unheard of. it’s a variation of Elaine. My last name was supposed to be something else entirely, to hear mom tell it, but the nurses let my dad sign the birth certificate and I ended up taking his last name, to my chargrin.

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    1. Oh my! I said Emma-lean too. ☺
      I think part of the name issue at my daughter’s school is because there is huge diversity. I love that mixture! I think it’s healthy in teaching tolerance to help break free of stereotypes. It’s also a dual language class so that exposure is wonderful too.

      Blessings to you for being a teacher. It’s a tough job! We entrust our kids to you everyday and we are eternally grateful for your efforts in helping to mold the minds of the future. Bug hugs !!! 🌷

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  2. The name game! Yeah, that can cause huge problems.
    I was watching a show similar to 60 minutes that highlighted a story on a Nordic country that requires citizens to select names from a pre-approved list. No veering from the script! LOL!
    IRL, my first name is difficult for most people to spell and it is not common at all. Gwin in actually a nickname.
    Like you, I never use my real name unless I’m doing legal stuff.

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  3. i very much dislike my given name, considering its popularity when i was born. i chose to have people call me by the name i use now legally as a freshman in college. Only stubborn family members use the old name and i feel respected by family who honor MY choice. As far as surnames go, the three i’ve had have all been mangled, but i manage with the Irish surname that was changed to sound Polish– to guard against possible discrimination in the early 20th century.

    i LOVE tasha, since Master gifted it to me at His collaring. 💜

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  4. I agree that there are many things to think about when naming a child. And spelling it the way it is pronounced is a big one! I have a sister named Lea, pronounced “Lee.” She says you wouldn’t believe how many times she has to tell people her name isn’t “Leah!”

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