The truth is that I've never been happy with the kids' aliases, and I have been trying to think of replacements for some time. I've always felt that their names lacked any imagination or flair; their monikers simply denote their birth order, not their personalities. I tried to remember why I picked out such bland names for the children, given the fact that I used to read baby name books before I was married. I have always loved names and their origins, so why did I saddle them with perhaps the most non-descript names I could find?
It boils down to this: I didn't know how long I would be hanging around in Blogville. I didn't think that anyone would come here (besides family members), and I figured I would either become too busy with the children to keep up with this, or that my technological ineptitude would give me an ulcer and I would be forced to stop. It was my Blogville version of Medieval baby-naming: you never want to whip out the really good names until you're sure that your baby won't get the Plague or some other nasty thing.
Except that I don't have any really good names . . .
Rob thought about naming them based on their personality traits. Sweet nicknames like Master of Disaster, The Destructor, Horseman of the Apocalypse, etc. And while they may be accurate at times, they are still too long for my lazy fingers. Not to mention that they sound too much like Transformers. What does that make the new baby? Optimus Prime?
In all of this brainstorming, I thought it might be helpful to ask the children for their opinions. After explaining to them the need for nicknames on the blog, they excitedly started throwing possibilities out from the back of the van.
Ooo, ooo, ooo . . . . How about Princess Starlightia the Unicorn?
I want to be called Thomas the Train. Or Sir Topham Hatt. Or Bertie the Bus.
I changed my mind. You could call me Princess Pegasus.
I changed my mind, too. I want to be called just Train.
I guess you could call me just Pegasus, but if you're not going put the "Princess" in front, then maybe you should call me Starlightia since that sounds better than Pegasus.
Umm . . . very creative suggestions guys, but I was kind of hoping to name you after characters from books that our family loves. Can you think of any books that you might like to borrow your name from?
[the silence is deafening]
So their suggestions were slightly less than helpful.
Rob and I have managed to come up with some very suitable character nicknames for the children, as well as some non-literary based nicknames, but I am not in love with any of them right now. I don't know if I will grow fonder of them in time, or if I just haven't found the right ones.
Either way, I'm open for suggestions -- and I'm hoping they are more helpful than the kids'.