Sunday, April 13, 2008

I Know My Kids' Names...Really...

Status: Feeling Relaxed. Of course it's Sunday. On Monday, ask me again...

Okay, I NEVER thought this would happen to me. I mean, I'm ME, not some forgetful type who gets lost in her own house. But with each child we add to the family, it gets worse and worse.

What am I talking about? Any woman with multiple children will know...how difficult it is to get the names of your children right.

I know my childrens' social security numbers by heart. I can rattle off their birthdays, birth weights, time of day they were born, and I can tell you a million things about each of them, including a detailed physical description.

Yet, I can't get their names right.

I would think it's in direct proportion to the gray hairs I've been plucking out lately, but it's been going on for a while. I think it's related to my stress/anger level. My kids have told me they know I'm REALLY mad--when I can't get their names right. Here's an example (not using their real names):

ME: Harry! I mean Jim!

DAVID: I'm Dave, mom.

ME: Whatever your name is, stop strangling your brother and get over here right now!

HIGHLY embarrassing. Then of course there's the Futile Guessing Name Game:

ME: HarryDaveJim!! Stop it!!!

But of course the MOST embarrassing, is when I make a hybrid of their names. I'll use half of one name and half of the other, or I'll use the first letter of one name and the rest of another, and it's just plain frustrating. I'll have a "Javid" or a "Dim" or a "DaJiHarry" or something like that. Don't even get me started about trying to yell at my daughter and getting her name mixed up with one of her brothers...

Is it just me? I'm hoping not.

6 comments:

wfbdoglover said...

Sorry, I got a good laugh out of this blog. My mom would always mix me up with her sister and since our names are similar, but different it would really get me steamed... but I only have one thing one and I at times get him mixed up with the dog or the cat or vice versa... I guess that's what happens when you give your pets human names. Our dog is Seamus and our cat Charlie.

Lynn Sinclair said...

It's not age -- it's a reflection of how busy you are. And with multiple kids, you can't help but be busy.

Michelle Miles said...

It's not just you. My mother did it too - there were four of us and a dog. We always knew she was really mad when she used the dog's name. :)

Anonymous said...

I do the same thing to my kids. And I only have two.

Cassaundra said...

"Crassy! Calara! Chr...lara!" It runs in the family...nuff said. :)
-Sis

Lara said...

Ha ha ha ha ha, I REMEMBER "Crassy!"

:-D