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Mar
25
2009

20080102_washington_post_logoI just had the fabulous opportunity to write a piece for the Washington Post’s parenting blog. Seems like a cool gig, right?

So I wrote a HUMOR piece about changing my daughter’s name from Presley to Summer when she was a baby.

And then I got comments like this…

“Seriously? I have three words for you, Mental Health Assessment.” Posted by VaLGaL

And this one…

With a name like Kelcey yourself, it’s no wonder you named your kid Presley. What the hell were you thinking. You got what you deserve. I just feel sorry for the kid. On one count, for having a goofy name, and on the second count for having goofy parents. I’m glad I don’t know you personally.” Posted by Adrienne Najjar

And this one…

“Is there a back up topic today? How many different ways are there to call the author a nitwit?” Posted by jezebel3 (Note: I originally attributed this quote to FairlingtonBlade but it was an error on my part.)

And when the commenters weren’t insulting me, they were just lashing out at each other.

Viciously.

It was pretty ugly and disappointing.

Isn’t this the Washington Post for gosh sakes?

Out of 70 comments, I did get a couple nice ones.  And when I say a couple, I really mean just TWO.

You are amazing! I loooove it that you went to all that trouble to wind up with just the right name . . . it gives such positive energy.” Posted by Elaine at Lipstick Daily.

I don’t know Elaine but I think I worship her.

And the other nice commenter was well…my husband. But he counts right? I worship him too.

So thank you to Elaine and my husband and the rest of you who always write such warm, supportive, funny, fabulous things every week on this blog.

Because mean people really do totally suck.


97 Responses to the washington post is not for the weak

  • Jane says:

    I wish I could say I was surprised, but unfortunately I’m not.  (Disappointed, yes, and I’m sorry it turned out that way.)

    Does the WP not moderate comments at all? (The NYTimes does). Maybe comment moderation could/should be a requirement for bloggers to be willing to guest post.

    I am all for disagreement and debate, but personal attacks are soooo not classy. They’re really the ugliest thing about online life.

  • Di says:

    OMG! Thats about all I can say right now! I read your post about changing your daughters name and I found it to be down right cute and funny like it was meant to be. Those people have no right to judge and obviously have no sense of humor or compassion for that matter! Those mean people will get back what they give.

  • christy says:

    I loved your original post about this and I just read your piece in the Post and I thought it was equally as engaging and funny! I tried to log in to the Post and leave a warm fuzzy comment, but the site is having problems and said to try back later – I most certainly will. I hope you’re able to disregard the idiots who left negative comments yesterday – those bastards!!!

  • Cate says:

    Yeah…I made the mistake of posting a blog for Eco Child’s Play arguing against circumcision. Yikes!
    Luckily, there are plenty of people who are well-versed and more articulate than I on the subject, and they swept in and saved my from the naysayers. (They are actually called “intactivists”. Not kidding.)
    Thank god for them and their intact penises (penii?).

    You’ll be writing another WP piece soon about how you’ll have 2 daughters named Summer, I suppose?
    Or how next, you and your husband will be planning on in vitro so you can up the ante? That’ll get the fur flying!

    One thing I always like to write about parenting is that no matter where you go or what you do, you’re not parenting properly to someone.  Someone will always blame you for your parenting decisions, and once they’re old enough, your kids will join in the fun!
    oy vey.

  • SoMi's Nilsa says:

    The one thing I loathe about the internet is it gives people a platform to be malicious when they’d never say the same thing or state it so insensitively if they were talking to you on the phone or in person. Sounds like you’ve got your thick skin suit on – impressive!

  • Becky says:

    I am sure you already know what I am about to tell you, but  people who are miserable like to spread it around.  What was so obviously a light hearted piece should not get such nasty criticism.  If we can’t laugh at ourselves than who can we laugh at.  I say don’t listen to those nasty comments because if we didn’t like the way you write then we wouldn’t come back again and again to see your new posts. Keep up your wonderful work.  It is always a bright spot in my day.

  • E says:

    Why do you think we got the F outta DC????  You should have seen my co-workers when I told them #3 was going to be named “Bobbi.”  I’ll bet you 100 bucks if you saw the folks who posted, in their ill-fitting navy blue suits, starting every conversation with, “So, what do you do for a living?” you wouldn’t give a crap what they have to say about your post. 

  • aimee says:

    Wow! I remember reading about that here and thinking that I could totally relate b/c for a few weeks after our son was born we were really questioning his name. Now we’re happy with it, but I could easily see us being in your situation. Next time give your readers a heads up and we’ll all bum rush those meanies! 🙂

  • hokgardner says:

    Yes, mean people do suck. And you are a far braver woman than I to write for such a public forum. I had ONE mean person leave a comment once, and it nearly ruined me.

    I love the name Summer, by the way.

  • Mean people suck, but it’s another benefit to being mean and being anonymous online.  There’s really no accountability factor because they know they can say ANYTHING out here that they might not otherwise say in person because you can’t reach through the computer and punch them in the nose.  Not that you would or anything, but I think you get what I mean.

    And seriously, I mean SERIOUSLY Ms. Najjar needs to chill…or cut back on her Starbuck’s consumption.  There’s nothing wrong with either name.   It’s NOT like you named her Pilot Inspektor (I did not misspell that, it’s exactly how Jason Lee spelled his child’s name) or even called her by a common  fruit.

    Summer is such a pretty name for a girl. 

    *sticking my tongue out at all the meanies*

  • Daphne says:

    Ouch. Mean people do suck. They clearly have some serious unresolved issues of their own that they are avoiding by lashing out at your neatly resolved problem.  Screw ’em.

  • Karen says:

    I loved your story about changing your daughter’s name.  My son has an unusual name and while I love it and they reason why we chose it, I sometimes still wonder if we made the right decision and he is turning 3 this April.  

    When he was born, the nurse removing my epidural asked us his name and when we told her, she told us NOT to do that to him.  How terrible is that to say to a woman who has just pushed out an 8 lb. baby.  

    At the time I lived in the DC area so perhaps it’s just something about the  location.  Keep writing what you write … you are a breath of fresh air in a world of ordinary!

  • I knew there was a reason that I didn’t read the WP Parenting Blog.

    As a DC area resident – I apologize for my neighbors. I’ve never understood the angry vicious comment thing – and I never will. I’m inclined to go leave you a nice comment – but I’d prefer not to support their community of vipers.

    As for names – I perfer the old school traditional ones, but would be a little offended if someone said “George and Eleanor sound like my grandparents’ names” (FYI – I have a couple in my family tree named George and Eleanor – but didn’t know this until the twins were named – not that it would have made a difference to me).

    Naming children is so personal and should be treated with respect. And with snickers and snide remarks hidden behind hands – not in public comments sections. We all have our own opinions – and come on, we can all be mean about them too…but no need to be so HONEST for gods sake.

    (I’m not officially blogging – but I had to comment on this one since “my people” are making me look bad)

  • amy says:

    that is all so totally lame… you know that all those mean people are seriously just bitter,  pissy and uptight and you should really  feel sorry for them that they’re so pent up that they need to let off steam by dogging people they don’t know personally.  And truly, I love that story about Summer’s name change. You gave her the name that fit her best and that’s what’s so beautiful about it. So there.

  • Bitsy says:

    I have noticed the same phenomenon on my local newspaper’s website. First they start attacking the subject of the article and then go at each other, usually with very poor grammar and spelling. I thought that it was just the plethora of stupid rednecks who reside in my area, but apparently not. 

    I love your post about Summer’s name and I firmly believe that the ability to laugh at yourself is a sign of mental health. Those folks who take themselves so seriously that they feel justified in criticizing you are a bunch of panties-in-a-wad losers. They obviously wouldn’t know good writing or humor if it hit them in their butt-ugly faces. It’s sad, really.

    Keep up the great blog. You are great.

  • I had a piece in their Style Plus section once, and I felt almost eviscerated by the time the day was over.  Brutal.  My husband made me promise that next time I publish something there, I won’t look online.

    My condolences.  And, if you don’t mind my asking, how did you get the invite?

  • MN Mama says:

    Wow!  I am sorry that people wrote mean stuff.  I am glad you keep writing from your heart regardless of what people write.  I appreciate you and your great writing.  I love you friend!  Keep it up!  I appreciate your honesty.  I hope and wish more people would follow one of my mom’s favorite rules…  if you cannot say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. 

  • Erin says:

    that’s horrible! I’m so sorry for all those rude comments-JERKS-those Washington people, they don’t know what they are missing!

  • Abby Siegel says:

    Ok, this TOTALLY pissed me off. So much so that I just registered on the Washington Post website and posted two really bitchy comments to jezebel bitch and najjar. Like REALLY nasty things. I could care less-they are low class bitches!!! OMG I’m steaming mad! Nobody talks to my Kelcey like that! And high-school dropout? PUHLEEZE….you should mail her your MASTERS DEGREE from COLUMBIA!

    I LOVE YOU KELC! I think you’re terrific!

  • Jaclyn says:

    OMG, Kelcey first of all, I love your name. Second of all, people really do suck and while I dont know you personally, I know that I read mama bird diaries everyday to laugh out loud at work …while I should be working. Your writing is hilarious and if I lived in the city we would totally be friends and hit up some eco friendly cocktail parties together.  Tell ValGal, Adrienne and fairlington-whoever-the-hell to go screw themselves. We love you!

  • melanie says:

    i really liked that post–i try to write with that kind of humor too and am amazed at how often it is misunderstood.  never underestimate the worth and value of a sense of humor…

    lucky you that your husband was willing to change it.  my husband can’t get past “you’re crazy” when i talk about making any changes.

  • I can’t possibly be the only one out there waiting for people like those commenters to STFU already, can I? 

    The way I see it you spent 9 months making that person and you can name and/or rename her whatever you want.  Period.  Except Presley because she is definitely no Presley 🙂

  • stoneskin says:

    I’m always amazed at the flack columns get, I love reading the “letters” section in The Spectator and reading the readers rant away.  It always amazes me, the time on their hands…to rant and fume…a lot of angst I think!

  • Vicki says:

    I am so sorry you got such nasty comments.  I feel like everyone is losing their minds with the economy, layoffs, money troubles, etc.  and they can’t help but be mean and nasty.  I hope they didn’t make you feel too badly.  I check your blog everyday and it’s like a ray of sunshine for me!

  • jen says:

    Wow. People can really be mean. Don’t they have better things to do? I mean, couldn’t they alphabetize their toenail clippings instead?

  • sam says:

    mean people TOTALLY suck!!  and you my dear, just happen to be one of the smartest, kindest, funniest, warmest, loyalest most UNMEAN people i know!  (is loyalest a word??)  so you know what i say to those mean people?  f-off!  though actually i think we need to send love and compassion to mean people, it sucks to feel that way.  to quote the dalai lama: “love and compassion are necessities not luxuries.  without them humanity cannot survive”  xoxo

  • Anns Rants says:

    Kelcey, Blog comment trash spells one thing: C-O-W-A-R-D.

    You’re fantastic and this opportunity speaks to that much more loudly and clearly than vitriol from haters.

  • Anns Rants says:

    I’m back to say that I admire your courage. If it were me I fear I’d never do anything about it until I was on my death bed. Then I’d probably say something like “you know, you were always Summer to me” and she would spend the rest of her life trying to figure out what the hell I meant in that last cryptic moment…I commented after realizing I needed to sign in, so I’ll just put it over here.

  • Madmad says:

    I’ve heard those (the Post in particular) paper websites get NASTY commenters. It’s funny, because on my BLOG, where you expect to get nasty people, I’ve never had so much as a negative comment. But anyway, DO NOT take it personally – obviously you’re a fun, great writer. And THEY’RE the nitwits.

  • MommyTime says:

    It’s amazing how the internet seems to free people’s inhibitions to be trollish, isn’t it? I’ve noticed that before on columns on other papers too — but the WP does seem to get more than its fair share.  Three cheers for Elaine.  I hope you were able to ignore the haters. ((hugs))

  • ErinB says:

    My heart goes out to you, not just because of the obnoxious comments you had to endure, but I know how hard it is to put your writing (aka- your heart) out there for the world to see (and judge). It’s not easy and I applaud you for what you have created with this beautiful blog. Your writing is brave, honest, relateable and damn it -that’s why we love you. :-} You are above and beyond all of that crap they spewed at you- so hold your head high, kiss that lovely family of yours and file away that article for good . Only bigger and better things are ahead for you.  You will have the last laugh! xoxo

  • Terra says:

    Pardon me but HOLY CRAP.  I loved reading about you changing her name back when you did it legally and I totally got it!  We toyed with Amber for Hailey and she ended up as Hailey Amber…if we had gone the other way we would have had to change it because she is NOT AN AMBER and that was evident within days of her birth!

    You go woman!  Do what you want and tell all those commenters “if you dont have something nice to say…”

    Ha.  they would really love that.

  • Julie says:

    There are no boundaries anymore! It is amazing what people will say.

    If it makes you feel better when we were taking our own sweet time to name our daughter,  our accountant told my husband TO HIS FACE that people who can’t decide on a name for their kid have bad marriages. We don’t even know him that well!!! Jackass.

  • Julie says:

    by the way… you are way above that crap. don’t let it get you down.  i love reading your blog.  it makes me laugh. you and rick are fantastic and even though i’ve never met the kids…i know they are even better. take care. – j

  • Jordana says:

    You know what the real thing is? You are WRITING for the Post and they are just little mutants writing rude comments about your post because they have no other outlet for their own hostility. How cool is it that you can now say you’ve written for the Washington Post??!! I’m proud of you, Kelcey! And with friends like Abby, they are gonna rue the day they ever messed with Miss Kintner!

  • Jill says:

    It took me almost a year to get used to my daughter’s name – and I chose it!!  Had I really thought about it back then, I probably would have changed it (though I like it now – 6 years later).  Names are personal – and sometimes it takes looking at a child to see that either a) you were right on – or b) it just doesn’t suit them and you need to do something about it.

    Another blogger wrote about this same topic recently – “Classy Chaos” out of Ohio. 

    The sad part here is that people bashed on your topic, your choices, your piece.  I think they’re lacking that filter in the brain that tells them that they shouldn’t always say the first thing that comes to their head…

    Mean people suck!

  • UGH, I can’t even read the comments on mainstream articles anymore.  It’s like people have no souls, and don’t care who they are insulting.  I hope you had a nice martini and told them all, mentally, to Eff Off.

  • Angie says:

    Andrea’s Sweet Life, and so many others, I totally agree. Even in little ol’ Charleston, SC the anonymous pit bulls are vicious when they comment on articles in our Post and Courier. They even found a way to attack a woman was interviewed about losing her college roommate/best friend to a vicious murder. Are you kidding me? Kelcey, you are awesome. Many congrats to you. What a great opportunity. But seriously, doesn’t it scare all of you that those people walk beside us on the street? Kind of makes we want to hide under a rock. OR hide behind all ya’ll! 🙂

  • Diana Fairbanks says:

    Screw ’em!  
    But that’s still awesome you got to blog for the Washington Post.  Well deserved!  (oh, and I had a woman complain that my teeth were too white.  They distracted her so she wondered if I could eat some blueberries.  Seriously.)

  • francine Kasen says:

    first of all, Karen (comment #20, what is your son’s name?? I Can’t Be the ONLY one wondering.) Ask your Aunt Boopsie about the importance of a formal name vs. what those who love you, call you. I AM however determined to have my future grand children call me “SLIM”.

  • Allison T. says:

    This is timely…I’m supposed to be contributing comments about “In the Motherhood” for WP’s parenting blog tonight. I totally &heart WashPost and continued to subscribe after we moved, but now I’m quaking in my rainboots as I think about what awful slurs FairlingtonBlade might send my way.

    BTW- I lived in Fairlington and thought it was an idyllic, serene area. I’m now wondering if there’s a gang movement afoot? I mean, Fairlington”Blade”? What, do they go around and bash random bloggers who are funnier or more insightful than they are?? I know- it’s a bunch of bored republicans who saw your Obama sunglasses and are taking their revenge! Whatever- you rock and you know it. 🙂

  • sandrine says:

    congratulations to be on the WP – a lot of people  just love to use blogs to vent- you should see the stuff people write about Tengo’s school and their children don’t even go there- they just try to feel better about themselves by putting other people down- you are the funniest woman I know-your writing is amazing- don’t let them get you down- and just think about how you made their lives exiting for a few minutes…xox

  • Jeanne says:

    It always fascinates me when people a) believe their viewpoint is absolutely the right one and b) are willing to be mean about it.

    Sheesh!

  • Diane says:

    What this country desperately needs right now is a good sense of humor. As noted by the obnoxious and rude comments in WA Post, this is patently clear. People – really.

  • kate says:

    Way to turn the situation around, because now, we can all be mean and laugh at those fools.  BTW, I think most people who comment on news site blogs are angry freaks (husband and linked love from above aside) and spend all day in their mother’s basements in their underwear commenting mean comments. Not at all like us, who stand in pajamas in our kitchens while our children are dumping uncooked pasta all over the floor and the dogs are taking a dump on the rug, commenting nice comments on blogs. Ahem. 🙂

  • EW says:

    Because my husband doesn’t always get Mommy-humor I often filter the stories I pass on to him  in case they aren’t universally  funny.  Your original post about the name change made it to my husband and made him laugh too!  Your writing is humorous, informative and one of my favorites.  Mean people do suck.  Wait, is that mean???

  • Oz says:

    There’s something about newspaper websites that brings out the crazies.  Seriously, at least half of the comments on The Denver Post’s articles are from nuts spouting off their right wing/left wing/no wing/every wing/you’re in the wrong wing philosphies.  It freaks me out so much I avoid the site now. 

    It’s not you, it’s them. 

  • Mandygirl says:

    Some people are real creeps. I love reading your stories. Keep up the good work and give a hello to my favorite reporter Ricardo!!!

  • Julie says:

    You are an amazing person, Mom and writer. I seriously don’t know what is wrong with those awful people, but I am glad that you are my friend and not them. When I refer my friends to your blog so many of them tell me they have no time for blog reading, but after they read it they are hooked because you are funny and unique. XO

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Kelcey, YOU WRITE…they comment.  At least they can read;  and they are reading YOU.  They have been moved out of their catatonic state in front of the t.v.  to sit up and take notice of what you wrote;  and the  comments show they are still alive and breathing.   You can’t please all the people all the time;  be happy you have  your fans ;  along with the few meanies  who try to rain on your parade.   That’s Show Biz…

  • Lisa says:

    WOW, I just read all of the Post’s coments – I will never understand how adult blogs and message boards can turn into elementary school playgrounds…they can be so mean and childish. 

    My guess is that if one of “their own” from their little clique wrote the same piece they would have different reactions.  I don’t like bullies and I want to go tell them off – but I don’t want to stoop to their level.  (and I am still afraid of elementary school bullies)

  • Mary says:

    What jerks!!  People just clearly have way too much time on their hands.  I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and think you are hysterical.  We named our son Jameson and we get the occasional funny look and the “Oh is a bottle of Jameson what started the whole thing?” comment so I can relate!  Summer is a beautiful name!

  • J.G. says:

    I read your post on the WP blog, and I thought it was cute and funny.

    I don’t leave comments there.  I don’t even read them.  But when I followed the link from the article to your blog, I saw your post about people’s nasty comments.  It is very sad, but typical. 

    But I suspect you had a lot of readers like me — people who enjoyed your post but don’t usually comment.  🙂

  • Nissa says:

    I really thought your post was cute…I have a friend who named her child and then decided to use a variation of her middle name as the name they call her…now, 18 months later, they want to use her “real” given name.  So what?  Go for it!  I have an unusual name myself and for a time in my childhood I hated it…but I got over it and now rather like that I can google myself and not wade through 20,000 matches!  (jk!)  Anyway, people who spend their day complaining about lighthearted posts are just weird…and then when they go back to argue with other complainers, well, then they become downright ridiculous.  (ps I love the “new” name but loved the old one, too.  And your unusual spelling of Kelcey is very cute.)

  • Kim says:

    I don’t know why people are so mean. I love this story. I often express my hesitation in picking names for my yet to be born child for fear that i will misname them! I think this is common. I have at least two adult friends who renamed themselves in adulthood because the names they were given did not fit them at all.

  • Megan says:

    I went and read your story and the comments. Amazing! People are so cruel sometimes. I love what you did and I love the name Summer.

  • Cathy says:

    Wow–you did get a beating. Who would have thought changing your daughter’s name would have been so controversial? What’s up with some people? The bright side, though, is all the comments will get you another writing gig for WP again. 🙂

  • Shani says:

    Oh my gosh, that is awful!!  I’m so sorry that happened.  I agree with the previous comments that WP should definitely moderate comments.  There are so many weirdos out there.  Summer is a great name!

  • johanna says:

    I think as the mom you are entitled to do whatever you want for your kids name!! They are just jelous they didn’t think to change their own horrible name 🙂 

  • denise says:

    I learned how evil random commenters can be last year when we had an association with someone who passed away in an accident, that became public. People were so mean in their comments. I still haven’t gotten over the meanness even with the loss of life. 

    As for your post, tell me who they are, I’ll tell them to shove it! LOL! 

  • denise says:

    Oh and funny enough I’ve been calling my second Lula which is a version of her middle name. Today she told me (she’s the same age as summer) Mom, I’m (Her name) not Lula. Ooops. 

  • ella says:

    That was just so bizarre. I went back, read the article (i’d remembered the original post) and all the comments.
    Not that everyone  here wants to kiss your ass, but honestly as far as the negativity goes—who really has the time or energy?

  • TRACI says:

    Kelcey-

    Geezz…some people should step.away.from.the.keyboard. when they are pissy.  I mean, it’s HUMOR.  Or as me and my sister would tell each other when we were growing up and someone not cool:
    “Fuck ‘Em!”

  • OHmommy says:

    I was interviewed by CNN for a “name changing” story using our real names last year.  The 541 comments were ugly, hurtful, and so sad.  I don’t visit that online article because it still makes me cry. 

    Moreso.  I hate that it is a permanent record online for my daughter to see.  I soooooo understand K.  Many hugs.

  • Gone Crazy says:

    Kelcey, I’m so sorry you had to deal with that. Everywhere you go online these days there are people like that–a lot of them are “trolls” and just do it to get a rise out of others. They’re losers who have nothing better to do with their time. I loved your post.

  • Lanie says:

    Wow – people can be so mean.  They should all read the “Can’t we all be nice” post you wrote.

    If you write for the Washington Post again let us know and we can comment (and send the link to other people who will write normal comments).  Great post – (here and there).

  • Fairlington Blade says:

    I was doing a little googling and came across this post. In my comment on your original comment, I quoted a rather snarky post by Jezebel3 . I did NOT make the original comment directed at you. I thought this was completely over the top and shot back at Jezebel. In fact, I enjoyed your contribution and can see why you were hurt or offended by some of the comments directed at you. Mine was not one of them.

    With respect to Allison, I live in Fairlington Towne (yes, I know it’s in Alexandria). I’m a supporter of Sheffield United, otherwise known as the Blades. Hence, Fairlington Blade. Glad to see snarking is alive and well on the comments here as well.

    Regards,

    Paul A. Lane
    (aka The Fairlington Blade)

  • Kelcey says:

    Fairlington Blade is absolutely right. I just went back and looked at the comments again and he was quoting  jezebel3. My apologies for the error.

  • Fairlington Blade says:

    Hi Kelcey, thanks for the correction and your kinds words via email. Looking back at my comment, I should have said how much I enjoyed your contribution. We have twin 3 year old boys and had perfect names for them (both grandfathers had  the same first name, there was a traditional boy’s middle name in both families, and we both liked the name Zachary). Had one of our kids been a girl, we’d still be looking for the right name!
    Sadly, the Post blogs often bring out a lot of ugly commentary. Even my favorite cooking blog (Mighty Appetite) comes under snark attack.
    Regards,
    Paul

  • Karen says:

    Dear Kelcey,  I wanted to send encouragement and support your way.  I read your article on the Washington Post “On Parenting’ website.  I too am appalled by some of the online bullying there.  All I can say is, ‘Jezebel3’  seems to be a terribly unhappy person who gets her/his jollies from making snarky comments about just about every topic.    I once got bullied on the comments section there too.  Much as I’d like to write a guest blog for them myself, I hesitate to submit anything because I don’t know if I could stomach the nastiness.    I don’t believe in censorship, but I think that monitoring comments for taste and relevance is important to the bottom line of any website.  Who wants to visit any site that is polluted with bile and garbage?  I have suggested to the Post that they monitor the comments. 

    As for the name change, I applaud you and your family for going for it!  Summer is a lovely name- and the fact that you LOVE it is what is most important.  Names are so subjective anyway- you’ve got to please yourself first and ignore the ungracious comments.

    Anyway, I am so glad I got to check our your blog and see pictures of you and the children.  They are absolutely beautiful-
    Other than the ‘fingernail incident’ I hope that they will stay healthy and strong and be wonderful reminders of what is truly important in life!

  • Wendy says:

    It’s always amazing to me how “brave” and bold people are when they are using fake names and IDs to post comments online.  Why do they care whether or not you changed your daughter’s name?  Why aren’t they out worrying about something useful like helping eradicate polio in the last four countries in the world or how the Red Cross needs more blood or how people in Africa drink water with poop floating in it.  Put into context, them being berzerk about how you handled your daughter’s name seems pretty silly.

  • Mrs4444 says:

    Okay, I’m still not sure if you were kidding or not about the name change, but seriously, why would anyone care if you did change her name. Jeez!  It was a funny post.

  • caitlin says:

    I know another woman who wrote a post for the Washington Post and I believe she was also called a nitwit (amongst other things).  I wouldn’t take this too personally (although I know that is hard to do).


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