Taking things a day at a time

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tweet it to me

Talk To Me Tuesday
Tweet from jcordelia (Jamika)
February 25, 2010

"Your name is pretty sweet. We should just petition for thesauruses to add your name in as a synonym for Awesome."

Now, this isn't such a bad idea Jamika came up with. I'm pretty sure that most people that have met me would agree that when they think of Awesome, I automatically come to mind. :) Well, okay, maybe not. BUT I do have a name that deserves to be seen up in big lights or on a billboard. Possibly a movie poster? ;)

So I think I have a pretty unique name, all four of them that make up my full name. And I know a bunch of people with cool names as well. Then this got me thinking about two things.
1. Common names of the decade/time period.
2. People who preplan the names of their babies, which usually includes the gender that they want to have.

In our generation, these are some common names that I can think of.
Girls: Jessica, Ashley,
Boys: Matthew, Christopher, Andrew, Michael
Then I thought back to about 50-odd years ago and the kinds of names people had back then. Eileen, Robert, Dorothy, Martha, Nancy, Franklin, etc. Isn't it weird how generational names are? I bet the names of the 21st century would be completely bizarre not even a couple decades ago.

A handful of my friends are part of that group of young kids (I say kids, because really, they still are. Mentally and emotionally for sure.) that have plans for their future children. One friend in particular has decided on the gender of her FIVE children, the order in which they will be born, all their names, as well as what schools they will attend and what activities they will be in. How insane is that?! Is it just me, or is that slightly disturbing? How could someone possibly expect plans like those to actually happen in real life, exactly the way they want it to? I think it's all fine and dandy to start making plans once the baby is conceived...but years in advance? And to such extreme? That's scary.

No school today, `ōlelo Hawai`i canceled. Which also meant I wasn't at school for the poetry slam. It was a cool 3-2-1 slam, but I wasn't even planning on slamming this month. Not much creative juices flowing. Possibly, hopefully next month, since it'll be the last of the year.

Song of the day: "A Hazy Shade Of Winter" by The Bangles


Blogger J. Cordelia said...

I still stand by that. Who do we have to petition?

I think about that too, sometimes, about how generational names are. Starting with my grandma, and working younger, here are some of the female names in my family:
Bernell, Veronica, Sheila, Carla, Jamika, Da'Shawna, Iyanna, A'mya.

And the men starting with my grandpa:
John, Earl, Willie, Bruce, James, Tyriq, De'Marcus, Ra'Shad, Mykal, De'Marion.

Apparently, my family enjoys names with apostrophes in them...how stereotypical, haha. But yeah, the names definitely changed through the years.

Some more common names I can think of are: Megan, Emily and Katie. And I definitely agree with the guys' names.

So, your friend with her 5 children's lives planned out? That's just...a mess. What is she doing? Not only are they probably not going to be the way she wants them to be, she's going to piss them off and make them resent her.

And YAY for being back on Tumblr all because of me. I did have to wipe away a tear, I feel so honored :)

March 9, 2010 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Alessa said...

Hells yes! You need to get your bad ass name down! And when I think of awesome I think of you.

Ben is another common name... (I know like 5!)

And speaking of weird names Ben's cousin's name is Xan and her kids are Trek (boy) and Navy (girl). Also his other cousin's names are Kohler (like the toilet) and Seay (pronounce like SEA)... yeah. Weird names.

March 10, 2010 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Alessa said...

Ooooh I forgot... David is another super common name. I know a lot of them. Alyssa is also a popular girls name. Luckily mine is spelled different. That makes me cool :)

March 10, 2010 at 12:37 PM  

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