As many of you know, we have a problem. Studmuffin & I get a huge kick out of lying to our children. Tonight we had Meet the Teacher night at school. We were leaving and we kept thinking we were hearing someone yell our youngest daughter's name. She has a name that not many have for a real name. Most people consider it a nickname, but it is her name. And it suits her.
Anyway, when we realized the person was yelling someone else's name, we continued on our way to the car after a grueling evening of fighting the crowds. Studmuffin told our oldest, "You know, we didn't know anyone with your name when we chose it. We originally planned on a completely different name for you. Your mom wanted to name you Shaneequa, but I wanted to name you Eunice. We had finally agreed on Shaneequa Eunice, but then we got into an argument about how to spell it...Shaneequa? Shaneekwa? Shawneekwa? Seaneequa? The possibilities seemed endless, and no matter how we debated, and how many polls we took at the hospital, we could not agree on a spelling. Then we thought of naming you Shaneequa Irene C., but we decided that we didn't want a child's who's initial spelled sick, so we ditched that idea too. So, after you were born, we came up with the name you have now. But we will totally change it to Eunice if that's what you want."
She looked at him as if he was slightly loony, and said she liked her name just the way it was, thank you very much.