Thursday, September 6, 2007

Say My Name

So now that my little friends are big time second graders, I insist that they write both their first and last name at the top of their papers. It may not sound like a big deal, but boy did it rock their world!! It was like I asked them to write 500 pages on their summer vacation or something. Evidently, first and last name equals very painful.

However, I don’t care (that’s the caring teacher in me). Personally, I think that they balked at me because many of them don’t know how to spell their last name confidently (a.k.a. without sneaking a peek at the nametag taped to their desk). I figure it is the least I can do for them.

I have just finished my “gentle reminder” to write first and last names before papers are collected when I notice my little friend Curly (you should see his hair!!), who is sitting right in front of me, fails to even make a move for his pencil.

Pardon me? I have spoken friend…

Me: Um, Curly? Last name…I know you heard me…
Him: I only have one name.
Me: What?
Him: I’m not using my last name anymore.
Me: Who are you, Cher?
Him: (blank stare)
Me: (I am so old) What do you mean?
Him: I’m like Fitty (translation: that is Fifty to most of us)
Me: I see. Well even he has a last name.
Him: (blank stare)
Me: Cent (Ha!! What do you say to that little friend?)

It got me thinking though. I recently got married so my last name is currently up for debate. Ok, I legally changed my name but that doesn’t stop everyone from constantly referring to me by my maiden name, a f*cked up version of my married name, or some sort of weird hybrid of the two. But, what if I only had one name? Like Fabulous. Or Oh Wise One (I guess that’s three names). Maybe something one syllable like Star.

Something to think about…


laniza said...

I love this post, O Wise One, haha! And why does this 2nd grader even know about "fitty"?! lol!

Ms M. said...

'Fitty'! That's impressive for a second grader... I must say I have recently started reading your blog and I find it hysterical! Thanks for the chuckle at the end of a long and sticky day :)

ms. preppy said...

HaHa! I love it! Those 2nd graders sure are sharp...
And I vote for "Fabulous". Did you happen to catch High School Musical 2? Sharpay did a number called Fabulous and it was, well, fabulous.

The Science Goddess said...

I thought you had one name: Mimi. :)

Mimi said...

Good one Science Goddess!! :)

Jen Barney said...

You crack me up- I personally like Fabulous formally known as "mimi."

Anonymous said...

I love this blog!!! You are hilarious!!!

Q-gal said...


Great response!

Ha! :D

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