On the Subject of Baby Names
My 9-year-old sister Sarah asked me, while I was innocently scrolling through instagram, "What's your favorite movie character?"
I answered, "Captain Jack Sparrow."
She said, "Okay, then, Jack." She continued, "What's your favorite color?"
I answered, "Purple, like my hair."
She said, "Purple Jack. Hmmm...well, what's your favorite flower?"
I answered, "Black Roses."
She said, "Black Jack. Okay, that could work."
I finally asked, "What is going on here?"
She answered, "I heard that when people think about what to name their kids, they think about their favorite movie or book character, their favorite color, and their favorite flower, and put names together from that."
Okay...so...as a result of that very scientific approach, my kid is going to be named Black Jack or, possibly, Black Purple Jack, but that doesn't sound nearly as cool.
MaryGrace joined the conversation by saying, "I've always thought it would be fun to name my kids after flowers and plants: like Rose, Lily, Violet..."
Sarah interjected, "Chrysanthemum!"
Rachel, "Hyacinth! Dillweed! Spruce! Lady's Slippers! Hibiscus! Snapdragon!"
MaryGrace, "Uhhh...guys...not every name of of plant or flower, okay..."
Baby's Breath! Pansy! Fir! Thistle! Pitcher Plant!
Count the next generation blessed that we're not given the task of naming anyone right at this particular moment in time. Of course, don't be surprised if, ten years down the road, Black Jack is happily playing with his baby cousin Chrysanthemum.
P.S. I named my brother, Isaac, when I was 3 years old. My parents couldn't come up with a name, I piped up, "How about Isaac *middle name*?" and thus altered the course of his life.
So....I want to know what your kid will be named, using the favorite character, favorite color, and favorite flower approach. Seriously! Do it! And I dare you to get a cooler name than Black Jack.