Monday, July 16, 2012

Name That Kid!





I feel sorry for modern kids. Or should I say kydz? Today’s parents either don’t know how to spell, or they’re trying to be cute. 
           Not long ago, David was always D-A-V-I-D. Little Davey didn’t need to spell his name to the librarian, his Sunday school teacher, or the softball coach. Now he totes flashcards and wears a name tag day and night. It might be Dayvid, Davidde, or Daivihd. Same with a perfectly decent name like Mary. Her flashcards could read anything from Mahree to Mayrie to Mairey.
I cringe to think where this generation of creative spellers is leading us. Imagine a family singing together on a road trip. Sister starts, “There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o, B-I-N-G-O...”
Brother interrupts, “That’s not right. Kevin has a dog named Bingo and they spell it B-E-E-N-G-O-U-G-H.” Family bonding takes a huge step backwards.
Or what about Sunday school songs? The leader steps to the podium and charges into, “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me…” when a redheaded girl in the front row corrects him.
“We don’t spell it that way anymore,” she says. “We use the new spelling: B-Y-E-B-I-L-L.” He stumbles off the stage, his hopes for a shining career as a song leader dashed.
I know, I know. Embrace progress, move forward, don’t dwell on the past, change is good, etc. I agree. But please don’t tell me I’m going to turn on the T.V. one day and hear “M-I-K-K-E-E M-O-W-H-S!”

Jeanette Levellie is a humor/inspirational author and speaker who's published hundreds of articles, columns, stories, and poems. She's thankful that her debut book, Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top: Sweet, Funny Reminders of God's Heart for You, has received tremendous reviews. She and her husband Kevin, from Paris, IL, are the parents of two grown children, three grandchildren, and servants to four cats. Jeanette spells her name the right way.
  

7 comments:

Karen Lange said...

Great point, Jen! I agree, makes one wonder if in our quest to be creative, we've made things too complicated. Well, it makes things interesting, anyway. :)

Linda Rondeau said...

absolutely hilarious...

Carol McClain said...

Too funny. As a teacher, those flashcard toting kids are going to have an attitude at the teacher for:
1. mispronouncing their names 2. Misspelling.

Denise said...

This was so funny, lol

Nancy said...

I'm not into that crazy spelling either. I do like unusual names that are already spelled correctly.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Thanks, everyone. My rants often find themselves in the form of a humor article; it's easier than grinding my teeth!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Parents should have some mercy on their kids. Now, where are you going to find a barrette with Mairey's name on it???