Sunday, August 4, 2013

you are NOT gonna name MY kid...

it was 1976
America's bicentennial year...
i was pregnant... 
and reasonably certain that my baby was a boy...
but ultrasound was not something that was commonly used to determine a baby's gender
and i was trying to think of a name that would work for a boy or a girl
 and had something to do with America's 200th birthday
 and would pass muster with the eXMan
and his parents
and my mom
and my brothers and sister
and his sister
and my grandparents
and our aunts and uncles
and cousins
and friends
and coworkers...

i was blissfully unaware at the time that sometimes it is impossible to get a group of people or even two people to agree that water is wet...

i came up with...

Liberty Bell...
do you hear angels singing hallelujah?
neither did anyone else...

seriously, it would have worked...
 a boy could be called Liberty or Bert or Ty
a girl could be Libby or Bell or Lady Liberty...

nope ... no one else liked that name for a boy or a girl...

even my mom who was gonna name me Guida Wallette till my dad put a stop to it wasn't on my side...

between my brothers' wives and me, there were 3 brand new little baby boys born in our family that year...
and needless to say none of them is named Liberty Bell...

but i still think it is a cool name and i am gonna give it to the latest linen calendar tea towel quilt...
the naming block - ready to be stitched onto the back
which must remain unseen for now because it is supposed to be a christmas surprise for its Intended who is NOT named Liberty Bell, lemmetellya...


The 1976 Bicentennial is not going to be invented in Washington, printed in triplicate by the Government Printing Office [and] mailed to you by the United States Postal Service.
Richard M. Nixon


and now i wonder what he meant by that?!? 
hmmm...
 here's a better one... 

Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.
Liberty Bell

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

Now I wonder why there were no little children named Liberty Bell? Such an opportunity wasted.....on of my rels (born in the late 1800s) was named Australia, and he wasn't the only one, you know. I'm curious to see that quilt when it's done, I love the idea!

Shannon LaCount said...

LMAO! We couldn't agree on a name for my first until I was in labor at the hospital. Thank goodness she was a girl because M and I got into tense discussions because he wanted to name a boy after his grandfather, Benjamin, and I didn't. I said no shared names. He probably still holds it against me that we ended up choosing the middle name that my mom suggested for Caroline Rose and that some people think we are honoring the Kennedys in some way with her name.