The other day, I was driving carpool on the way home. As always, the second children step into my car (all four of them in the carpool – and soon to be five, which means less driving for me!), the request is made to change my radio to Kids Place Live. As long as the request is made nicely, I generally acquiesce readily.
On Friday, Absolutely Mindy (the afternoon host who cracks me up and I really enjoy – especially when she’s interacting with the kids who call into the show) was talking about the baby that she’s been “baking in the oven for the past nine months” and her need to name it.
She was soliciting suggestions from the kids and was determined to find a name based on them. My personal favorite (only because the parent who called in apparently had a change of heart) was schwa umlaut – a two symbol name. The parents were apparently seriously considering the name and only changed their minds in the delivery room, if memory serves. Hey, at least that kid would have had an easy time spelling his name.
After listening for a few moments, Mister Man piped up.
Mom, I need to talk to Absolutely Mindy. I have an idea for her baby name.
Do you, Sweetie? What name would you choose for her baby?
It isn’t a specific name. But I need to tell her something. Her baby’s first name has to be a saint’s name. He sounded somewhat concerned at the thought that it wouldn’t be (this was just after the schwa umlaut suggestion).
Well. It could be a middle name. So long as the middle name is a saint’s name, it’s ok. But it would really be more appropriate for the first name to be a saint’s name.
Isn’t that sweet? My little boy has already picked up more Catholic doctrine in kindergarten than I remember (then again, maybe that’s why the priest baptized my sister Margaret Anne instead of her given name – because technically neither was a saint’s name). And he’s concerned about a stranger’s baby’s spiritual health.
Ok, and it sorta cracked me up. Fortuntately, Mindy played one of his favorite songs right after this observation, so his attention was distracted and we did not have to call in to offer this tidbit of wisdom.