I'm a dragon, not a fairy princess. Humple Dumple from Isasnora Snores
Here is this week's YouTube of Isasnora Snores. Special thanks goes to Todd Phillips, who played Horus, Greg Digieso as Lovel, Monica Paur as Isasnora, and Elizabeth Paur our narrator. Again, I played Humple Dumple.
This week Isasnora tries to discover the blue dragon's name. He refuses to share that information but asks for Isasnora's name. When she tells him, he breaks out in laughter. Isasnora is unhappy about his response but continues asking for his name. When the dragon flies away after dropping her off, he shouts, "Humple Dumple!" She thinks his name is ridiculous.
Both Isasnora and Humple Dumple are a bit rude.
Your parents gave you a name for whatever reason. It has significance to them and to you.
Some parents bestow upon their children silly names without fully understanding what they might be doing to their children. Despite the few parents out there, most are careful about choosing their child's name.
When you arrive at school (or work), however, it seems as if someone figures out a way to laugh at your name, twist it to make your name sound terrible, or probe you like a researcher as to why you have a certain name. For many on the receiving end, this can be annoying or worse, painful.
My first name, Carol, was changed to Carol-Barrel. It did not help that I was chubby and looked like a barrel. My maiden name was of German decent - I will not share it here. Some boys morphed it into something awful, and they often called me by that name.
This is common for many children and even adults. Some are able to shrug it off; others are not. There is a lot of advice out there as to how to deal with it. I like the one from the O'Neill Library at Boston College (see picture below).
Sometimes the advice works, but often it doesn't. We all process things differently. What might seem rather harmless to one person might feel like a jab in the heart to another. With that in mind, I will not tell you how to deal with the nasty name callers. Instead, I will highlight how you and I can respect others and their names.
When you first meet someone and are unsure of how to pronounce his or her name, ask how the name is pronounced (politely, please). There is a joke in our house - we know there is a telemarketer calling when they destroy our last name.
Whatever the name is, please do not make assumptions about this person because of his or her name. Indeed, as an author, we use names as a way of character development, but it is not a way to truly understand the person in front of you. He or she is not smarter or less intelligent because of his or her name. Get to know the person before you form any opinions.
This isn't an attempt to make everyone into soppy wimps. It is all about building a better you while helping to build a better world.
Finally, never, ever make fun of anyone's name! Please. If you have the bad habit of joking about others' names, stop it. While the target of your jokes is feeling poorly, there are others who are not thinking too highly of you (even if the entire class is laughing). This isn't an attempt to make everyone into soppy wimps. It is all about building a better you while helping to build a better world.
Scroll through the Internet and you'll find scores of articles and YouTube videos on the significance of a name. I found this at the top of my search and felt it was worth sharing:
A person's name is the greatest connection to their own identity and individuality. Some might say it is the most important word in the world to that person. It is the one way we can easily get someone's attention. It is a sign of courtesy and a way of recognizing them (Washington Post, 1/10/2014).
It a "sign of courtesy" as long as we respect their names.
Thank you for joining me!
Have a great weekend.