I meet a ME-ME today. From across the playground, she introduced herself with squinted eyes - starring daggers at my little one and I as we entered the gate.
As I began to play and chase Princess P - she stood dangerously close, like she was trying to hear our conversation. It wasn't as if I was trading secrets of the DOJ with my toddler.
There was a simple chase, calling her name, and a tickle afterwards. But this lady would not stop following us. I think her spandex clad, stressed out hair-do self was more concerned about my daughter and I then her grandchildren. Although I am a natural people magnet (LOL) -- I just couldn't figure it out.
Then it happened. She asked, "is that really her name?". Why yes, plastic surgery needing grandma - it is on her shirt for God's sake.
And while she did not think I expected it, she asked the second question that everyone who always asks, "why would you name a child that?". This was a light version of question #2. Usually question two involves some kind of cuss word in it too.
These questions make me laugh. At first I want to cuss at her, Do you think I am embarrassed about my daughter's name? Do you think I care what you think about her name? No, not really. I named my daughter after a kind, motherly, active, smart, decisive, Godly, thankful, learning, giving, graceful, strong, patriotic, and passionate woman -- so no problems here.
So I politely smiled, nodded yes, followed with the explanation I just gave you all.
What was different this time was that before Me-Me could ask another condescending question,
I asked her, "What is your name?".
She replied, "Me-Me - spelled ME- ME."
Her smile reached the corners of her face - she was proud.
That was until I said, "ironic - pointing to my daughter- her middle name is Grace."
And with that HIS work was done. I held my head high - proud of my daughter's name- and went on to enjoy my day. Me-Me on the other hand, stood for a period of time speechless, shook her head, called for her man purse carrying son and left the playground with her two grandchildren in tow.
(((don't tell anyone but I think I won that one)))))