Friday night was my annual ginormous family Christmas gathering. Things are getting ridiculous. There are too many freaking kids running around that place.
In my mom's generation, there were 5 kids. They all got married, so that brings that number to 10. In my generation, there were 17 grandchildren, and all but one of us is married and all but one of us (the same one, btw...) has reproduced at least once. Let me do a quick count...there are...11...9...7...10...1...38 in my kid's generation...and of those 38 - 4 already have kids of their own. Yeah, we're good Catholics.
But that is not my point...
Here is my point: Naming your child something ridiculous is a form of child abuse. Out of all those people, we've only repeated a couple of names...and the newer names being brought into the fold are ridiculous. And, to top off the insanity, no one feels the need to spell their child's name appropriately either. Here are a few examples - I'll write the names phonetically first so you get an idea of what we're dealing with here: Hailey - spelled Hallie, Kiley - spelled Kylee, Camden - spelled Kamden (this one is a little girl, btw...), Lay-ton - spelled Leighton, Aleah - spelled A'aleayha. Here are a couple of other examples: Marli, Jayden, Jayson, Trevor, Kolton, Arianna and Brady.
I know. It's insane. It's like they're setting their kids up to be singled out the first day of school every year. Each year some dottering old teacher - or dumb young one, will butcher these children's names and cause undue attention to be placed upon them. That's just not fair.
I think at first, a lot of parents look at having a child like having a new possession. Something you get to name and play with...something that is theirs. So they mess around and give the new kid a stupid name - one they won't see on an ornament at Hallmark, one they won't have on a license plate for their bike at the souvenir shop in Myrtle Beach, and the parents don't think about the fact that one day, that baby is going to be an actual person.
A person with thoughts and most importantly, a free will. Someone who will resent what they've been named. Some young female who will be trying to get into med school with a name like Candi or some young man trying to get a job interview, but not getting it because no one at the law firm can agree on how to pronouce the name on the resume.
People need to think before they tag their children with these ridiculous names. Just sayin'