Sunday, June 21, 2009
A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet
So for those not in the know, we're naming our little girl "Ursa Adriana Gimbel" or "Uschi" for short. I have to say that Edward and I knew that this would probably be an unpopular name for our American friends and family. (Although it's quite a popular name in Germany). It's interesting though, because when you are great with child, everybody wants to know the gender and the name. We have had the occasional honest response of "I don't really like that name," a pursed lip or two, or an awkward silence. People not liking our little girl's name doesn't really bother me. I don't really like all the names that everybody names their kids, but that doesn't really matter because after the fetus becomes a child, the child whatever his/her name is becomes "Bobby" "Susy" or "Gertrude," not "that kid with a name I don't like." What really bothered me was when a few people told me that they wouldn't call our Uschi by her name (Uschi or Ursa). One loved-one told me that she would prefer to call her "Ruby" and the other told me that she was going to call our girl "Addy." I guess I would like all my loved-ones to know, that I didn't really ask your permission or advice in what to name my child. She may or may not like her name, and only time will tell with that one, but I find it interesting (and honestly a bit annoying) that some of the people I care for think that we're going to somehow change our minds because they wouldn't have handpicked the name for us.
Anyway... just venting.