Kids today

Kids today have such a different idea about how ___ (pick your adjective) names are than my generation. This morning my daughter mentioned that she and her science partner, Eastern, were the only two kids in the class to get a particular question right. She mentioned the name as an aside, and I asked, "So is Eastern a boy or a girl?" She looked at me strangely and said, "A boy, of course." I then asked her what other unusual names her classmates have.

A bit of background: her elementary school was extremely international, with about 35% of the students coming from Latin America, another 10% from Asia, and about 5% from the Middle East, a handful from Africa, about were 20% African American with the remainder being white or biracial, so in six years, she was the only Sarah in the school, and common names tended towards things like Karen, Kimberly, and Jennifer, names that recent immigrants are giving their children. Her middle school has many more African American students, but still has a good number of foreign-born kids.

She thought for a moment and then responded, "Samiyah (Sa-MEYE-uh) and Caroline."


October 16, 2013 9:45 AM

Yes, my son and I had a bit of a miscommunication a few nights ago, until I realized that his classmates Ch@yse and V@lentine are both girls!