Friday, June 11, 2010

He said his name was ...

He said his name was Fred Raspberry.

I am used to kids that age trying to flash gang signs or cheesy grins when I take their pictures and write down their names as part of my school PR job.

But never has anyone made up a fake name.

I must surely have flinched. But I kept my composure. I said, in a calm, even tone: "That's your name?"

"Yep," he said.

I checked discretely with his teacher a few minutes later.

"The IIIrd," she said. "His name is Fred Raspberry III."


I felt a little guilty for doubting. But I can't be the first person to ever have been caught off guard by his exceedingly unique name.

Hey, if you have a name like that, don't be sensitive about it. Enjoy it. Embrace it. In a world of John Smiths and Jen Jones' -- you, my friend, are Fred Raspberry III. Obviously, Fred 1 and 2 understood that concept.


Ela said...

that is the cutest picture ever, did you take it?

Eastcoastdweller said...

No, unfortunately I didn't. It came up in a Google search for raspberry. I don't know if it is photoshopped or if someone actually found a turtle small enough to wear a raspberry for the photo shoot.

Chase March said...

Too bad raspberry has some negative connotations to it. Otherwise, it would be a fabulous name. Either way good to see you celebrating his name. I'm sure he loves that.

Molly said...

Looking that cute he can surely weather the name!