Years ago, I thought it was difficult to name a cat. “She’d live with that name forever! It needs to be perfect!” I thought. Keep in mind that this was a cat. A cat.
We’re now trying to name a second child – another girl – and finding it significantly more difficult than the cat (who would have thought). Not to mention that I wasted what could have been a great person name on my pet. Part of the problem is we picked out the best name for Peanut – or what we think is the best name. It seems difficult to match. I’ve had a boy name picked out for years, but in this case, it doesn’t help me. Particularly because the name I loved – Miles – isn’t one of those androgynous ones that can go for either sex.
People give me suggestions (including the owner of our local children’s store). And although they’re well meaning, often beautiful, nothing fits.
I’ve also asked Peanut for help, which, as you can imagine, generally works out well. Her last list included Tobi (the name of a toddler friend), Katy (the name of an adult friend), and Hodi (?). (Co-incidentally, Hodi is also the name of a small plastic parrot she owns. Its best friends are “Tutu”, a pegasus, and “Kircy”, a rabbit.)
Got anything for us? Throw it out there. In the meantime, I’ll be working on my list.
She has to live with this name forever, after all.