Shannon Stacey

As long as they don’t start talking to us

In a lot of ways, my family’s divided into two teams. On one side, my husband and the teen and, on the other, the short kid and me. For instance, my husband and our oldest go with logic over emotion. They analyze something and then decide if they have any feelings on the matter. The short kid and I go straight to Muppet-flail, Scarlett-O’Hara-swoon drama without passing GO or collecting $200 and then think about whether something was worth getting emotional about.

Another way in which we differ is the way the short kid and I name things. We name everything. For instance, my Toyota 4Runner being named Jeepish. My husband and the teen name nothing. In fact, I can see myself in the future going to visit my grandchildren, Boy and Girl, and their beloved family pet, Dog.

Last night, we were discussing the fact we really needed to gather school stuff together since we’d been on vacation for a week, and the short kid said, “Is James ready to go to school?” This perplexed my husband greatly.

This is James.

James is the new water bottle SK got from the school fundraiser and he wanted to make sure it was washed and ready to use for school today.

Why James?

It’s the “water bottle with the dragon tattoo”. Daniel Craig was in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Daniel Craig is SK’s favorite JAMES Bond.

So the water bottle’s name is James. This makes no sense whatsoever to my husband or the teen, but perfect sense to me.

7 comments to “As long as they don’t start talking to us”

  1. Liz Flaherty
      · April 30th, 2012 at 9:20 am · Link

    What a hoot, and I’m with you and the short kid. I had the only 1986 Camaro named Louise in the neighborhood!

  2. Tracy S
      · April 30th, 2012 at 10:54 am · Link

    Once explained, I totally see the logic in the water bottle being named James! :)

  3. Lynda the Guppy
      · April 30th, 2012 at 12:05 pm · Link

    Let’s see…My first car was Buffy. My Camaro was Baby. The current car is as yet nameless. Needs time for me to figure out what it should be.

    My condo was Chez Guppy. I’m currently living with mom and our house is Maison du Chat because, really, the cat just lets us live here in the manner to which she requires.

    My computer is Molly (Weasley) and the Windows side of it is Arthur. My iPad is Lily Pad(der) and my two identical external drives are Fred & George. With a sense of humor unexpected in an inanimate electronic device, the drive labeled “Fred” stopped working just after the movie for Book 7 came out.

    I don’t name everything, but my knitted items have nicknames (usually the pattern names) and anything expensive gets named. If I’m spending that much money on something, it’s part of the family and gets a name. LOL

    You and SK are not alone. LOL

  4. Danielle W
      · April 30th, 2012 at 6:21 pm · Link

    I love this. I am sitting in classroom and I haven’t stopped laughing. I instantly understood “James” and it is awesome that you and SK understand each other so well. :D

  5. library addict
      · April 30th, 2012 at 7:22 pm · Link

    I am in the middle. I do name my cars, but haven’t named my computer, Sony reader, etc.

  6. azteclady
      · May 1st, 2012 at 8:49 am · Link

    That is just awesome–thought I confess that I would probably go insane trying to keep the names straight, I completely get SK’s reasoning for naming the water bottle.

  7. Bev Stephans
      · May 1st, 2012 at 10:02 am · Link

    SK naming of the water bottle is a little like cockney rhyming slang. It makes sense to me.

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