Friday, December 28, 2007

Randomness and Names!

Do you love names? I do! I love picking names. Names for babies, posts, books, lessons, businesses, pets...You get the picture.

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Recently, while sweeping my kitchen for the 452,937,753 thousandeth time,
right after cleaning the counters and kitchen table for about the same number of times,
I thought to myself...If I didn't already have a blog, I could have one named
The Kitchen Flunky. Nawww, that would not encourage people very much...
but, I really could!
Not long after I started this blog, in a moment of realizing I had goofed and yes, every male in the house knew it, (darn!) I joked that my next blog will be called The Uber Goober!


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Other names that have occurred to me, Chasing Butterflies (inside joke around here for my tendency to get easily distracted while enroute to most any household chore!)
Another one, that I just think is pretty, no special reason for it, Southern Rhapsody.
I could go on...but, let's talk baby names!
About 8 or 9 years ago, while on the way to work, stuck in traffic,
I just started thinking of baby names. How cool it would be to have twin baby girls!
If I had them, I would name them Abigail and Gabriel. I would call them Abby and Gabby,
at least until they were old enough to decide what they prefer.
You would have to just be a fly on the wall to understand how crazy life was at that time.
Twin babies would have sent us all off to the funny farm at that particular time!
When we had each of our two sons, choosing names was so much fun, and really easy. I always am bemused when people struggle with choosing a child's name, because I can't stop thinking of names! Fortunately I keep all my ideas to myself!
I remember when I was pregnant with my first, I was into Irish names, I had names for future children picked out, it was really silly looking back on it,
but at the time, a reason for much satisfaction! I remember I had names picked out for a boy or a girl, then names for about five more boys. Yeah, I was a young mother.
And reality quickly evaporated that name list, let me tell you! I would have loved to have them, if only they didn't have to eat and go to the doctor! :)
When I write, I start by choosing the title. Once I have the general concept in my mind, the very next part for me is the name. That sort of gives me the destination to plot my course for, then its off to the races!
For me the whole name thing, allows you to envision certain qualities and characteristics which are desireable; that you hope for, and can even picture.
It speaks of fresh, new hope and dreams,
and as yet untold and unlived life stories.
In the past when we have gotten pets, I've always had to just bite my tongue not to influence the choosing of the name, because we tried to keep that for the kids. If it was going to be their pet, their responsibility, then let them have that pleasure.
A couple of years ago, a friend was considering changing the name to her hair salon.
We had so much fun trying to think of possible names for it.
I remember my favorite was probably Happy Endings!
Goodnight, Ya'll! Happy Friday!

10 comments:

Mel's World said...

HA! That is so awesome! I thought that I was the only one that thought like that!!!

The name gives so much to the story, to the person, to the business...as a Marketing major there is nothing that excites me more than coming up with a GREAT name (not that Mel's World is a great name, it is just that for so long people used to tell me that I lived in my own little world).

luvmy4sons said...

Abigail and Gabriel! How cute! You are too funny!

freetofly said...

Hey there, Mel! I bet you are having a blast in the sun on your vacation!

Marketing major, huh? I have always been drawn to that.

I love the idea of the Mel's World thing...actually my husband use to have a saying about me that we joke about now, that is very similar!

Hi, Leslie! I could just picture the cute dresses! ; )

Thanks, ya'll for joining me in my silliness!

Tiffany said...

It's just scarry how much we have in common! I think about names all the time too! Twins run in my family, and I had 2 girl names picked out, for my last pregnancy, just in case-(Ava Marie and Anna Grace) or for boys-(Benjamin Bradford and Jonathon Scott.) Can you tell I'm into double names? My hubby actually picked out Anna Grace, so that's what we went with for our daughter. I have at least 5 boys' names picked out and 3 girls'. -Not that I'm planning on having that many! My blog's name doesn't really describe the tone it has taken. My sis-in-law and I started it to journal about our children and share pics w/ each other. It has kinda taken on a life of it's own... my hubby and I kid about (when I'm on my soap box about some thing or another) how "someone" (being me!) has her sassy pants on today! and thus the name was born!

Cecily R said...

I am the same way about names. In fact, I wrote a one act play about naming babies when I was in college.

By the way, I LOVE the chasing butterflies reference. It makes me smile everytime you mention it.

Ally said...

I liked the abby and gabby thing...hilarious. I enjoy making up names and loved your ideas for names for blogs! I have just been at your blog for 5 mins and have already decided that I like you!!!

Ally said...

Oh yeah.. forgot to tell you how I love your pic of the tulips....one of my favourite flowers I dare say!

freetofly said...

Hey, Tiffany! I lOVE those names! Very classy!

How cute about your husband's nickname for you! Mine is not so quaint, but for the same thing...when I get to goin' it's "Ok, let's find it for her, Mom needs her soap box!" LOL! It's all in good fun though.

Cec, how neat that you did a play about names..way cool!


Ally! So good to meet you! I really like your blog, too! And btw, tulips and daisies are my favorite flowers! My sis likes tulips, too!

Happy weekend, Ya'll!

Heidi @ GGIP said...

Choosing a name is hard for us because we can't agree.

freetofly said...

Hi there, Heidi!
See that's what I am talking about! You have gone and thought of too many names, and they all sound good! ;) You will know - it might take some thinking!!

Have fun in the process!

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