#AtoZChallenge: N is for Name

Remember Rumpelstiltskin? It’s one of the more screwed up stories I remember reading as a kid. A dad says his daughter can spin straw into gold, the king says she has to do the gold spinning or he’ll kill her, and a little creepy, unnamed dude makes the magic happen by taking something that belongs to the girl as payment. (Because obviously someone who can spin straw into gold needs a ring or necklace.) And then the little creepy, unnamed dude wants the girl’s firstborn to work his magic one last time, which she agrees to. She then marries the king who wanted to kill her, gets pregnant, and the little dude wants her to uphold her promise. Naturally she doesn’t want to and has to guess the dude’s name to keep the baby.

Spoiler alert: the name is Rumpelstiltskin.

Okay, so I probably didn’t need to summarize that story since everyone likely knows it, but I do like to emphasize the screwedupness of some of the stuff we read as kids, so there’s that.

Now for the relevant stuff.

If Baby Girl became a creepy little dude who went around doing favors and taking firstborn babies, victimized miller’s daughters would have a hard time guessing the name she calls herself, too. She has a a bunch of nicknames she’ll use, and rarely will she use her real name when asked. At first it was cute — well, mostly it still is — but I’ve been pushing her to say her real name, just in case she gets separated from us. So far that isn’t working out too well.

Here’s how her name has progressed since she started talking:

See? The miller’s daughter would be screwed.

Mostly Baby Girl will use parts of that mouthful, but occasionally she’ll go with the unabridged version. I imagine that when she learns to write her name in a couple of years, she’ll shorted that up a bit to either her real name (which isn’t Ona, in case you were wondering), or maybe SBOKKSP. Or, maybe I’ll just teach her to write “Batman” and have a laugh at her teacher’s reaction.

Did you have a funny or cute nickname as a kid?

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

24 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: N is for Name”

    1. At first I thought you meant for her to make it sound different–like “I’m Bahtmahn.” Fancy. I’ll make her repeat it 100 times over so that it’s burned into her memory 😉

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      1. The other day I watched a “Super Cafe” marathon. If you don’t know Super Cafe, Google it. Batman used the line “I’m Batman” quite a few times. In fact, he posts it to his FaceBook time line every few minutes. Because, hell, he’s Batman!

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  1. Uh, yeah – most fairy tales are so screwed up I cringe when reading them now!
    My nicknames were Noodle Roo and Ree Run Rinley, The Ree Run of the Year. Seriously! My sister’s best friend made them up, and they stuck. Mostly they sung the names and taunted me. Can you guess I was the little sister?!

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    1. I remember the first time I tried to tell Jack and the Beanstalk to Little Man and his reaction was, “Why is some kid going around stealing stuff?” So, yeah, we’ve avoided fairy tales about as much as Spongebob.

      LOL! 😀 😀

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  2. I had a really difficult name to pronounce as a child. I legally shortened it after I was married which I wish I had done sooner ha. But even my sister couldn’t pronounce it so she shortened it to her version Awaja… or Majia… I do remember for awhile I told people my name was Melanie (from the Spice Girls) and for a few days I went by Barbie haha.

    We are teaching our daughter her full name, and ours as well– in case we ever get separated and so sometimes she makes everyone her name PLUS theirs. It’s cute. At least she hasn’t been Dory with short term memory loss lately!

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  3. My uncle used to call me Stickman because I was skinny. The oldest got tagged with Riggidy by a friend. And, of course, there’s Crash and Bang. When BG gets to school she’ll be “the child formerly known as Sweet Baby Kate Kate Sissy Princess” She’ll write a symbol instead.

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