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“I want my name to be Summer. Can you call me Summer?” Dylan asks this past weekend.

“Won’t it get confusing since your sister’s name is Summer? You won’t know who I’m talking to,” I respond. Brilliant answer. I high five myself.

“We’ll just ask you,” Dylan rebuts. Oh, right, 4 year-olds make a hobby out of asking a gazillion questions. I realize the high five was premature.

“What about Winter? Or Spring? Or Fall? Those are lovely names and they aren’t already taken,” I counter.

“No, I like the warm one.”

“You know, Spring and Fall can be quite warm. Especially if this whole global warming thing really pans out the way I hope.  And honey, why do you want to change your name anyway? I love the name Dylan.”

“Because I don’t feel Dylanish. I feel Summerish,” Dylan says.

“I see.”

I get it. When I was a kid, I would have traded every pair of my clogs and a Scott Baio poster to be named Lisa or Tara.

Later in the day, Dylan is completely frustrated with my inability to remember her new name.

“Mom, you keep calling me Dylan. I’m Summer now,” she insists.

“Oh right. We’re still sticking with that? Ok. I’ll work on it,” I promise.

You know… I’ve been feeling a bit Summerish myself. With the warm and sunny weather this past weekend, even I’m ready to put down the wine bottle, peel off the wool sweater and Ugg slippers and feel a tiny inkling of hope that maybe, perhaps we have all survived another evil winter.



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49 Responses to it’s just a feeling

  • Shana says:

    I would have given ANYTHING for a name change when I was a child. Or just to have people pronounce my name the right way!

    Favorite yoga pose: warrior pose.

  • When I was a little girl there was a girl with the curliest hair I\\\’d every seen in my Sunday School class. Her name was Roxie. I was super jealous! To this day I want a little girl named Roxie…my husband won\\\’t go for it…now our car is named Roxie…

  • LaskiGal says:

    There was a girl named Courtney Kane (I’m not kidding)  in my class. They called her Candy for short.

    I LOVED her name.

    I was all of 5 or 6 or 7 . . . I had no idea.

    Candy Kane. Is that a name, or what?

    I’d Google her, but I’m afraid of what might pop up.

  • PAPA says:

    I always felt sorry for all the Bridgets, Rhondas, and Neds of the world.

    a guy at my work is called ______ benkover.

    i’m sorry, that’s just funny.

  • Jennifer H says:

    As one of the eleventy million Jennifers circa 1968-1974, I totally understand the urge to change one’s name. But you can tell Dylan that I would have pushed down dozens of Jennifers if it meant I could have been a Dylan. 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    Oh how I wanted to be Julie! Julies were so pretty and so cool. (Not sure that I ever knew one but it was such a BEE-OO-tiful name. Jessica? What kind of a name was that? NO ONE had my name… it could not be found on barettes, T-Shirts, pencils, lice plate-thingamagigs for your bicycle… more over it was a big person\\\’s name. Not a child\\\’s name. Jessica Savitch was on the news. It was her name. Not mine. Mine would be Julie!

  • jean says:

    I wanted anything to be Lorrie Jean which is what mom said she had originally thought of naming me, instead of Jean Virginia-Virginia was my mom’s name.  Although now I think it sounds kinda classy and not so much like a country western singer!  (Not that there’s anything wrong with country western singers!)

  • kristen says:

    i wanted to be chelsea and i tried all different ways of spelling my name krysten was big for awhile, but ultimately i would have felt too guilty changing my name so kristen it remains.

    like you, i feel like spring and summer can’t get here soon enough. and even though i’ve got a great vacation planned for september, i’ve promised myself that i won’t wish it here  and i will relish every hot, humid day. really.

  • Rhea says:

    LOVE those photos of the girls. 

    My youngest wanted to be named Homer.  I was like, OH, the Greek poet Homer?  He was like, no, mom, Homer Simpson.

    Not my happiest moment as a mother, let me tell you.

  • hokgardner says:

    As one of the bazillion Heathers born between 1968 and 1972, I would have killed for a name change.

    And my least favorite yoga pose is downward dog. No matter what I do, I can’t get my heels to touch the floor.

  • Tara says:

    thanks for wanting MY name!! 🙂  I always thought it was weird when I was growing up, but it was nice to be an original.  Now i live on a block with 2 other Tara’s!!  Go figure!

  • OHmommy says:

    My third child is royally confused as  her name was legally changed 8 weeks after she was born.  By me.

    On her more “spirited” days she asks to be called anything and everything because changing names is totally legit… because her mom did it.  So can she.  I have yet to find a counter argument.

  • wa says:

    When Sam was 2, he made us call “Maverick”, which was only slightly worse than Jack later insisting we call him “Jawbreaker”.
    And you know I hate the downward dog.

  • Karen says:

    “sun salutation” sounds so benign, but somehow it ends up feeling more like “chair” to me.  And I hate having the Wii Fit Board heckling me the whole time about my posture….

  • Oh sweet Dylan. When I was little I would have given all my Strawberry Shortcake dolls to be named Pam. Yes. Pam.

    Now I’m happy I’m a Becky.

    P.s. Dylan is a Rockstar Kickass Strong Woman name! GO DYLAN!!!!

  • I’ve been feeling quite Summerish myself–smart girl. Ah, well, those of us with names like Kirsetin (Kear-stin) can certainly understand the desire to be Jennifer, or Summer, every now and then.  One day, I’m sure, she’ll be totally offended if someone calls her by her sister’s name.
    Favorite yoga pose:  Tree (on a good day); Airplane if I’m a bit off-balanced, which is fairly often…

  • Julia says:

    My daughter is set on naming her soon-to-be baby brother “Curious George.” 

    Her favorite yoga pose is tree.  My favorite pose changes, depending on how my body feels that day.

  • misty says:

    in all honesty you did a great job naming your girls. I love them! I remember wishing beyond anything that my name could be “stephanie”… Now I’m just grateful it isn’t.

  • This reminds me of when I was a teenager and would have given ANYTHING to have a  soap opera name like Jade or Laken (or Eden – though not Augusta or Santana….obviously to anyone in the know, I was a Santa Barbara fan)

  • johanna says:

    Honestly…I think we’d all love to be called Summer!  Warmth, health, not cooped inside or buddled so tight you can’t breathe, and late sunsets. Oh and I love the boots and skirt combo!! 

  • ErinB says:

    look at those beautiful little girls!!!! love those pics- makes me just a little happier seeing their smiles :-}

  • E says:

    I insisted on being called “Adam” for a while, maybe since my ma dressed me like a freakin’ boy anyway.  Just as soon as warm weather really gets here I am going to start yoga…..

  • I was lucky enough to have a nickname for a name and I loved it…right up until 6th grade when the “beautiful people” decided I was a teacher’s pet.  They called me Scruffy and barked when I walked by.  Humiliating.  I am almost over it.  

    I am a wanna-be when it comes to yoga but I am currently seeking a class here in Dis-gusta GA.  But I would still love the CD.  You know, for the kids.

  • Chris says:

    Cute!  One of my sons wanted to be called “Peach” for several months.  As a little girl, I also wanted to be Lisa, or Tina – anything but Chrisy.

  • Michelle says:

    First time to post a comment to any blog ever, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to replace my daughter’s Shana Banana video with something a little more funky. Favorite yoga pose – tree – sometimes it works, other times not so much but it’s never that irritating to try.

  • ella says:

    My kids never wanted to change their names—I did. If I’d have known how popular Madison was going to be as a name, I wouldn’t have picked Madeleine, ’cause now there’s a boat-load of Maddys out there.
    She likes it, so who am I to complain?

  • Pearl says:

    “… if this whole global warming thing really pans out the way I hope…” hahaha!!! that’s awesome!!!!

    and i thought that you were supposed to change your name when you became an adult.  my “adult” name was going to be diane.

    and, DUH, child’s pose is my favorite

  • Lanie says:

    The pictures of the girls are adorable!  It would be very confusing to have 2 Summers.  Have you convinced Dylan to stick with her name? 

    I really like to watch Fletcher and Alyssa do downward dog – which they both seem to do quite often these day!

    Great post!  🙂

  • Allison T. says:

    I’m totally with you on the ready for summer feeling. Good news…Friday is the First Day of Spring! Hopefully Mama Nature will get a clue and stop sending snow.

    Favorite yoga pose: the one they demonstrate at the end of the neti pot video. Kelcey, I know you have a neti pot story you want to blog about. And if you don’t, please go buy one, use it, then blog about it. Because it’s really just a hilarious blog post, out there, waiting for you.

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