Sunday, August 30, 2009

Name~Calling


Why did you name me Logan and not Gilbert?

err...Gilbert?

Yeah, I always thought I was a Gilbert since I was born.

Why is that?

I just feel like a Gilbert.

We love our Logan, just the way he is.

What if I start signing my name Gilbert at school?

Then no one will know who you are, and you will have to do all the work again as Logan. Now let's write your name on all your school supplies.

Ok, how do you spell Gilbert?


When I was Logan's age I had everyone call me Brian T. The T was important, you know...I just can't remember why. Occasionally I will run into one of the old teachers and they will call me Brian T. I just smile.

Of course there were times I wanted to change my name, mostly when I heard it bellowed down the hall and knew I was in trouble. Then there was the time in college I tried to go by Roman Michael. Brian seemed so bland, while Roman was mysterious. Of course that was trouble too.

Our name is the first gift we are given, what you do with it from there is up to you. Changing your name never really changes the person that stands behind it.

Kinda like banks, but that's a whole other story.

Any way, Gilbert makes me think of Dilbert.

When you get to high school, ask me again if you can change your name to Gilbert. I think you will find you love Logan just as much as we do.

46 comments:

TechnoBabe said...

Oh wow, you had me till the bank thing. Banks are in my big bad black book these days.

SandyCarlson said...

This is fun. The first thing that struck me is that I have the little girl version of this photo--my daughter imitating a doctor on a Wednesday.

She has a name she would have liked to trade in but learned to love.

darsden said...

ummmm excuse...but why is your type so small, you and braja gonna make me get glasses and I don't need them...!!! it's sooo little LOL

darsden said...

okay other than being really small type great post

otin said...

Funny that you chose Roman Michael, because My name is Michael, and I always told my Mother that I wish she had named me Roman, and put my middle name as Michael! Seriously!!!

By the way, no changes, it was Mango Girl's concept, and I liked it!

only a movie said...

My kid went through this too. Now I wish he cared about any name on his school supplies...or school supplies, or school, or... nevermind.:-)

blueviolet said...

Roman sounds like a soap opera character!

lakeviewer said...

My daughter Pia hated her name as a youngster. When she went into show business, however, she began to appreciate the unique name. I hated mine too; but, when people wanted to abbreviate it because they couldn't pronounce, that is when I put my foot down.

Daniel said...

So far my little one has enjoyed the gift of her name. Even when I make up silly nicknames for her, she corrects me. Why Gilbert? I don't know anyone names Gilbert, except for Gilbert Grape. But truthfully, I never actually met him or saw his movie.

Cabo said...

Well, at least you didn't go by "Romulus". That didn't exactly pan out. You're also not sleeping in a black coffin. Oops, bag just tore. Darn cat just took off.

-DF

An Open Heart said...

Hmmmm,Roman Michael? You wouldn't happen to be Catholic would you?

;o)
S

BeautifulWreck said...

So far none of our children have asked to have a different name. Yet.Excellent post.

Ronda Laveen said...

Hmmmm, felt like a Gilbert since he was born? Sounds past life to me.

Kay said...

Just have him watch "What's eating Gilbert Grape" that should help :) P.S. I changed my name many times, and still remember why, each time, thanks for the memory

Goofball said...

i've never wanted to change my name...because that's part of me. I don't wanna lose that part of me.

Maggie May said...

I think this is a phase we go through.
I can remember longing to be called Gillian!

I always think of the light opera Gilbert & Sullivan when I hear the name Gilbert!

The Things We Carried said...

I love that you record these moments. Priceless!

Amy said...

I too remember doing this in Kindergarten. I had to redo many papers because I changed the spelling of my name. There were just too many Amy's in my class. So I mixed it up a bit. The kids that passed the papers out never knew whose paper it was because it wasn't spelled Amy. I like it better now though.

Amy said...

OH, I almost forgot. . . I left you a gift at my blog!!

Alan Burnett said...

I have always found it useful to call my son by a different name every week or so. I feel it keeps him on his toes. This week he is Cornelious.

Candie Bracci said...

Well we all been there and me even more!HA!No I like it in the end,at least it's not common!Have a nice day :)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

That's too funny - bet he'll embrace the name Logan when he gets older. :) Princess Nagger always complains that I gave her a name with too many letters...way more than her classmates. She's offered up alternates in case any of them stick. None of them have. ;)

California Girl said...

you've given me an idea for a post on empty nest evolution. it meshes with yours and i'll link them. thanks!

Lorraine said...

Too, too precious, you know of course, it was his name in a past incarnation...;)
I've always wanted to be named Valerie...sigh

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Oh, that's so cute.

It's amusing to wonder how our kid's minds work. Our son's nickname is Fred and has been since the day he was born. He just looked like a Fred - actually he looked like Magoo, but somehow that one didn't stick.

Betsy said...

Ok, Michael T dot! :) Looks like the Gilbert-wanna-be likes to wear different colored Crocs, too! :)

Baino said...

Trust me by the time he's 15 he'll be damn glad you didn't call him Gilbert . .and Brian, he's wearing odd shoes! Not wierd shoes but different ones. . .you helped him dress that morning didn't you? For the record, I wanted to be called Wendy . .Now I'm just "Mum"

Gaston Studio said...

Adorable!

When I was much younger, I wanted a different name because Jane was just so plain. As I grew up, I realized it's also a traditional English name and grew to love it.

The Good Cook said...

A rose by any other name is still a rose - or in this case a Logan.

Good post.

subtorp77 said...

I know Mom went back to her maiden(last)name but I'd not change mine...Gilbert huh?

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I had such a cool student once named Gilbert that now I love that name.

But I love Logan, more. It's always been one of my fave names.

I think a lot of kids go through that name change thing. I wanted to be Claire for the longest time. I have no idea why.

Brian Miller said...

@tehnobabe - sorry just a bit of a dig at the banks, seems they change names yet people and tactics stay the same. i worked there once...

@sandy - lol. yeah they had a blast playing putt putt, though the putter was held all crooked and the ball pushed more than hit...but what does all that matter?

@darsden - mine is so much bigger than braja's...lol. never really thought about it...ty.

@otin - we are kindred spirits then...i think it was being subjected to soap operas with my aunt during the preschool years that did it...great post...the story was...

@only - yeah, that stage will come...have a wonderful day.

@blueviolet - he is. i think that is where it came from...

@lakeviewer - i think Pia is a very cool name...no to abbreviations...definitely not.

@daniel - i have no idea where Gilbert came from...we had a laugh this morning and he corrected that he only felt like a gilbert...what ever that means....

@cabo - glad to see you are back! your posts are really good...there seems to be new life there...you always give such wonderful hints at my past life...and lead me to more interesting posts to come...

@open heart - i am not, but...

@beautiful - smiles.

@ronda - may need to research that one...

@kay - you know that begs a story...

@goofball - i think that is wisdom many grow into...those that don't tis sad no being comfortable in ones own skin...or name.

@maggie - gillian...interesting choice...guess the source?

@thingscarried - someone has to...one day we will look back and smile...

@amy - lol. i can see the confused looks now...thanks for the blog love! as otin pointed out yesterday i am very behind on these...

@AB - that is hillarious...

@candi - lol. candi is such a cool name, why cahnge it? have a great week!

Brian Miller said...

@stacy - lol. when learning to write our names...i guess being graced with less is more. too funny.

@cali - loved the post...i like Dylan too. but Fletcher has an amazing ring to it.

@lorraine - valerie? interesting. yeah ronda hinted at the past life as well...may have to look into who that might be...

@travel - i imagine Magoo might get a bit touchy at school...lol.

@betsy - wondered how long it would take someone to catch onto that. the crocs seem mix or match these day...he doesn't care. i guess that is a good thing and will change one of these days. hopefully not. Michael T. actually is my cousin (Cabo above)...

@baino - lol. i had nothing to do with that one...lol. Mum has a certain specialness to it doesn't it?

@gaston - jane does have a certain royalty to it. smiles.

@good cook - i wish he smelled like a rose...sometimes...lol.

@jen - i like Logan too. Claire...interesting pick. glad you had a great staycation!

@subby - yeah i got no clue....

Valerie said...

Interesting post, Brian. It raised a matter in my head that needs posting. Ooo I hated my name when I was at school, I shared it with five others and therefore felt it was really common. Quite like it now.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Gilbert!?!?!? Where did that come from? I can't think of a single person with the name Gilbert. He'll be glad he stuck with Logan. It's a great name.

Craver Vii said...

I read this with a big grin, remembering how I also wanted a name change when I was little. I like how you suggest that the name as one of the first gifts we give our children.

Thanks for visiting. Nice to make your acquaintance Mr Brian T, Roman, Logan's dad Miller.

Merisi said...

What's in a name?
Lotsa. ;-)

reyjr said...

I have a very similar story. :D I used to be called a different nickname until i asked everyone to start calling me by a more "mature" sounding one.

Nowadays, friends call me "Rey" but family still calls me my "more mature sounding nickname back then".

Meeko Fabulous said...

Hi Brian! I was one of three Michael's in one of my classes. There was a Michael G., a Mike, and then there was me, just Michael. :)

Rob said...

Great stuff. Made me smile.
Dude, how was FL? Update?
By the way your blog has exploded. You might want to turn it into a full time job.

Kate Hanley said...

Names are funny things, I was just talking about this yesterday. My son is Guatamalan, and we didn't change his name. We kept it Jorge because his birth mother gave him that name. Most adoptive parents change the name. I wonder if Jorge will want to...

Cinnamon said...

Interesting that you call a name a gift- I had not thought of it like that.

Young children are so entertaining with the way they think.

I always wanted to be 'Angela' (I think because there was an Angela in our school who was the most popular girl!)

Cheffie-Mom said...

Great post! Love the two different shoes!

Pastor Sharon said...

Isn't if funny how each of us always thought we fit into a different name better. I always thought I'd never grow into such and old name. . . Sharon? I mean really. And what I have learned is that you are right. We are still the same person behind whatever name.

I have learned that it is lovely when I hear my name. I've decided to keep it.

Hit 40 said...

My youngest was just asking me yesterday how we picked his name. He said that he would like to be called Seven from the joke on Seinfeld.

The Retired One said...

Sooo cute. When I was growing up, I wanted my name to be Paula. Then, I married a Paul. Subliminal?? ha
Then here is another story. My dad's legal name was August Edward. He didn't like having August as a first name, so when he joined the service, he got it changed there to Edward August instead. He passed away about 9 years ago. My daughter (his grandchild) went to the psychic John Edwards in a crowd of about 1, 000 people...John Edward said to her row of people:'someone here has a relative coming through with the name of August. He didn't like it though, so he is saying something about changing it..I am getting an Eddie, or Edward". My daughter was there by herself and had spoken to no one before the show and had gotten there late. The night before the show, I told her to remember that if John said anything about an August coming through, to remember that her grandpa had changed his name.
AWESOME, right??
There is something mystical about your born-given name.
I was blown away!!!!