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The recent misspelled name post reminded me of this gem. Lets go… 
30th-Jul-2008 05:47 pm
The recent misspelled name post reminded me of this gem.

Lets go back 20 some-odd years to kindergarden. We were learning how to write our names. My name is spelled Jaime, as opposed to Jamie. Not only did the teacher tell my I was spelling my name wrong, she called my parents and threatened to fail me because I refused to spell my name Jamie. When my parents told her my name is in fact spelled Jaime, she refused to listen. She even took the time to yell at my parents and tell them they were wrong for teaching me to read and write before kindergarden(both activities that I loved to do when I was that young). The teacher then told the principal that my parents were undermining her teachings and filed a complaint with the superintendent of the district. This resulted in a meeting between the super, my parents, and the teacher. All was resolved when my parents showed my birth certificate that in fact had my name spelled Jaime.

It boggles my mind that the teacher had to go that far just to be told by her bosses' boss I had in fact been spelling my own name right. Then to tell my parents it was wrong to teach me basic reading and writing? I mean come on. Seriously.
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31st-Jul-2008 04:19 am (UTC)
My grandmother on my dad's side once made me cry when I was five because she said I had a different middle name than the one I'd been told I had for the five years previously. The crazy bit being that my middle name was the same as hers, on purpose; she told five year old me that "Jean" was her name, and my name must be "Jane" because they couldn't possibly be the same. So much for that gesture of tribute on my parents' part, I guess.
31st-Jul-2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Very similar story for me. My grandmas middle name is "May" my mom used it for me but spelled it "Mae". This was of course a huge insult to my grandmother and my name is spelled wrong. Don't even get me started on what she thinks of my first name...
31st-Jul-2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
. . .Are you me? Because, almost the same thing happens with me. My great-Aunt's name is May, and my middle name, in tribute to her is Mae. And yes, similar fights have ensued...
31st-Jul-2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Is your great-aunt an old batty Irish woman? I love my middle name and hope to use it if I have two girls (first girl will be getting Marie cause its both my mom and my fiances moms middle name).

My mom played around with a couple Irish names and basically made mine up. My grandmother insists it is both spelled and pronounced wrong. Even though my mom made it up!! It can't be wrong!

Don't you love how something as sweet as being named after family gets turned into something so insulting?
1st-Aug-2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Actually, my great-aunt is an old batty HALF Irish woman.

And yes, I love that. We adopted a dog at the pound who was 3 years old, had the name Zak already attached to him, and my Uncle didn't talk to us for a week. He thought we'd named the dog Zak on purpose to make fun of his son. Whose name is actually Devon. But his middle name is Zak. *sigh* Family, right?
3rd-Aug-2008 11:13 am (UTC)
". . .Are you me? Because, almost the same thing happens with me. My great-Aunt's name is May, and my middle name, in tribute to her is Mae. And yes, similar fights have ensued..."

You must all belong to my family, as well :) My great-aunt's name was Ellen, but my mother was named Helen instead. GA thought the baby was named after her, but with a twist to make the name individual, so *she* was happy. All the other GA's thought that because it was Helen and not Ellen, the baby hadn't been named after any of them, so they weren't jealous, and *they* were happy too. Very crafty move on my grandparents' part, really :)

31st-Jul-2008 06:35 am (UTC)
Yay for us with Jean for a middle name!! :D
31st-Jul-2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have kind of the opposite of that... my middle name is 'Jane', which is my Mum's name. I have a very clear memory of this being explained to me, when I was very small ... I got incredibly upset at being told that my middle name was Mum's name - in my tiny-person mindset, I thought that if I had the name, Mum couldn't have it any more! I was so upset that Mum was nameless because of me...
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