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Monday, September 22, 2008

No name

To a two year old, saying my name is nearly impossible. I have been called many names over the years by kids: Bibis, Dit, Dawidabif, and Salibis, to name a few. The last one is what my 4 year old niece, Paige, currently calls me. But after being forced to try to say my name one too many times, my 2 year old nephew Ethan has given up completely and decided that both of his aunts are now Kafrin (Katherine).

And yes, I'm sure he is talking about me at least half of the time because tonight when we all got together to celebrate Katherine's birthday (happy birthday, Katherine!), Ethan pointed at me and called me "Kafrin" several times. I said to him slowly, "my name is E - liz - a - beth. Can you say that?" And he'd look at me blankly and walk away. The kid isn't dumb, mind you. He knows everyone else's name and can count higher than most two year olds. But he does not want to attempt with my name anymore. It's possible he's grown to hate it and I suppose I can't really blame him. It is a long name. I've even given him shorter versions, "can you say Liz?" But then he usually says "Wiz" and frankly, I'd rather be called Katherine than Wiz.

I still love him though and am going to brag about him and one of his sisters (Paige) by sharing some pictures with you:



Ethan insists on seeing every picture I take of him right after it's taken. I wonder what he thinks when he looks at the image on the screen? When I was a kid, the closest we had to digital cameras were Polaroids, and I don't remember being interested in seeing them when I was two years old. (Of course, I don't remember anything from when I was two.) Or if I was, it was just because I liked the idea of shaking the picture really hard to make something happen. In the picture of Paige, she's wearing a ribbon that was on one of Kafrin's birthday presents. It was nearly impossible to get a picture of her with her eyes open because she thought it was hilarious to close them every time I took a picture. (For the record, it wasn't nearly as funny as she thought it was.)

And since we were all gathered together tonight (except Sean and James, who couldn't make it) to celebrate Katherine's birthday, I thought I would include a picture of her too. Happy b-day Katherine!

6 comments:

The Spin-ster said...

I'd think it was very flattering to be called Wiz...

Emily said...

Awe, cute family! I'm sure Ethan and Paige will get your name right eventually. Although, then there will be Samantha and Katherine's kids to get it wrong in the future. Lately, Ally will only refer to me as Shang and she won't let me call her anything but Mulan. Every time I call her Ally she says, "Um...you mean Mulan?" I'm begining to think she will never come out of her dream world. So you should at least be happy that they are calling you by some variation of a girls name.

The kids in your family are too cute (that includes Katherine)! And I think you should reconsider being called "Wiz" because that's just funny!

Kathy said...

Your family is SO CUTE!

When I was teaching preschool, a lot of the kids called me "Miss Catpee." After a while I started to get paranoid as to whether or not the name had something to do with how I smelled.

There you go Justin. I left it wide open for you.

Elizabeth Downie said...

Ok, I guess Wiz IS better than Catpee. Gross! I wondered what that smell was...

Kelly said...

They are adorable. You will be sorry when they can say your name right, though. It's not nearly as cute. Nicholas always says "Aunt TELLY!"

Katherine said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Wiz! I think my fave name of yours is Diwidabis, which is why you are in my phone as that. I think it's appropriate, though, that Ethan call BOTH of us by his favorite aunt's name. I'm just sayin'.