It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Well, It Usually Works

My nineteen year old daughter is home from university in another city, and has popped in for a visit. Arthur, the social and curious animal that he is, races over to check her out.

“What’s your name?”
“What’s your name?”
“My name is Haley.”
“What’s your name?”
Arthur can see he’s on to a good thing here. The question has riveted her attention, so why quit with a good thing? Haley is too experienced to be ruffled by this, though, and responds with a warm smile.
“You know my name. I just told you. What’s my name?”
“That’s right. And what’s your name?”
“Hello, Arthur. Nice to meet you.”

The niceties accomplished, she turns to continue our conversation, but there is no way young Arthur will give up the conversational ball and her attention so easily as that. He starts his next sentence using the word most trusted by three-year-olds to keep both ball and attention firmly in their control: “Why…” You can see the wheels turning: ‘Okay, so far, so good. She’s still looking at me. Only, what comes next? Oh! Brainstorm!’: “… is your name Haley?”

Haley laughs out loud. “Well, that’s a silly question,” she chuckles. “Why is your name Arthur?”

Arthur’s a bit miffed at being laughed at, and he doesn’t have a good response. He thinks it over for a minute, then decides his dignity is best served by absenting himself. As he leaves the room, he tosses over his shoulder, his voice rich with disdain:

“That’s a silly question, Haley.”

October 11, 2005 - Posted by | socializing, the things they say!


  1. LOL!

    Comment by LoryKC | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  2. Mstr A spent most of his 4th year asking why he was named his name, and could he change it to one of any number of alternatives. I explained that we’d spent a lot of time & effort chosing just the right name for him, and that’s why he had to use it, and if he still didn’t like it when he was 18, he could change it then.

    For a while he told me what he was going to change it to when he was 18, but that soon got boring:-)

    So many times have I heard “mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy” & when I finally ask “what” I see their little cogs spinning double time to work out what to say now they’ve got my attention!

    Comment by Mrs.Aginoth | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  3. Go Harry! 🙂


    Comment by craziequeen | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  4. Ah… the Wisdom of a 3 Year old…. COOL.

    Comment by CyberKitten | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  5. MrsA: Poor Mstr A! I’m sure it’s a perfectly suitable name, as he will have discovered by the time he gets to an age to mess with it!

    I have an unusual first name, which I really like. However, when I was nineteen or so, I actually did change my name! For starters, my first name, the one I like, had been misspelled on my birth certificate, so that had to be corrected before I married (I was engaged already, silly girl that I was). And while I was at it, I decided to remove my two AWFUL middle names, one from each grandmother. When I approached said grandmothers about my plan, my maternal one was in full approval: “I always thought giving you that name was an awful thing to do to a little baby!” (She’d gone by her middle name all her life because she hated the first one so.)

    CQ: Does this mean that on those days when Harry has gotten thoroughly under my skin I can send him your way?? Please?

    CK: Well, at least he picked up that lesson very quickly!

    Comment by Mary P. | October 12, 2005 | Reply

  6. The princesses like their names, thankfully. The Queen of All She Surveys wanted nice English sounding names. In fact we like their names so much, that we tend to call them by both their first and middle names most of the time (not just when they’re in trouble).

    And, as a kid, I always like my name. I wasn’t sure that I like my middle name for a while, but soon got over it and started enjoying it. Some of my friends seem to like it even more than I do and call me Simon Peter, rather than just Simon.

    Comment by Simon P. Chappell | October 12, 2005 | Reply

  7. Simon: As you know, I honestly thought your name was a pseudonym at first: Simon Peter Chappell, of all things, for a self-decloared “good church boy”. Course, if it were a pseudonym, it would display a heck of an ego – perhaps even a measure of inappropriate pridefulness, so it’s just as well it’s really yours!

    Comment by Mary P. | October 12, 2005 | Reply

  8. After that kissing purity quiz, where I got a lower purity score than you, I’m not so sure that I qualify as a “good” church boy anymore!

    Comment by Simon P. Chappell | October 12, 2005 | Reply

  9. Now you’re just bragging! LOL

    Comment by Mary P. | October 12, 2005 | Reply

  10. Hold that thought – I’m buying my ticket!! 🙂


    Comment by craziequeen | October 13, 2005 | Reply

  11. No, no, no – I don’t want him here, I’ve got him here already! I want to send him there! Ooo – better yet: you come here and I’ll go there! Swap you! I could handle being a civil servant for a week or two, if I got to travel while doing it, and you could romp with the kiddies in the park in the glorious fall!

    Comment by Mary P. | October 13, 2005 | Reply

  12. You’re on – where do I sign up?? 🙂

    I would gladly swap belting up and down the M5 (well, crawling more like) to go to boring meetings with children in Ontario in the Fall 🙂
    (oh the English language – I don’t go to boring meetings with children – if I did they wouldn’t be boring, would they??)


    Comment by craziequeen | October 13, 2005 | Reply

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