By CRAIG HALL
A long time ago, in a galaxy close to home, I really wasn’t crazy about my name.
Specifically, the “Craig” part. What were the parents thinking? I often wondered. I didn’t know any other Craig, but then as we got older, it was like a swarm of Craigs invaded Heavener.
There was Craig Cox, a grade above, and Craig Kirksey, a grade below. Then, I was sort of a Craig sandwich. Later on, I have met many other Craigs and determined the name was acceptable.
Now, the middle name is a different story. Names are much different now, which I guess is a good thing. The other day, I was glancing through our graduation tab. There are certainly some different and distinctive names.
For example, we have a Zoey, a Brayson, a Cyle, a Brynlee, a Greenlee, a Kanan, a Klinton, a Micaela, a Wynter, an Abbygaile, a Maleah, a Kelsea, a Jett, a Remington, an Axel, a Brileigh, a Sylus, a Kinsler, a Mikal, a Whitlei, a Nevaeh, a Lyric, a Kinsler and much more.
The old traditional names we used to be familiar with such as Tom, Bill, Steve, Bill, Mary, Debbie, Tammy etc. are seldom seen.
In some ways, it’s almost like the parents have a contest to come up with a name or spelling that will be unique to their child.
That’s fine, I guess, just makes my job harder. Would that be a Cyle with a “K” or a “C’?
Actually, I would probably assume it is the traditional spelling, thus, proving what happens when one assumes something.
Many names will frequently be pronounced along the lines of butchering.
Such as the announcer saying, “Now playing center field for Heavener, it’s, uh, how the #%[email protected] do you say that name?”
I did see a Michael spelled the traditional way! Several Leahs were listed. I might have missed it, but I did not see any juniors or so-and-so the III children telling us what they want to be when they grow up.
Apparently, the shortage in doctors, nurses and teachers will be solved once they get to be adults as those are some of the most popular goals. Also, a police officer, which tended to be so they could have the lights and siren going strong.
Several also wanted to be firemen.
Yet, I failed to see any young impressionable child saying they wanted to be a journalist when they grow up. Not even a television journalist!
Gasp. Who will replace my old bones when they finally plant me in Memorial Park Cemetery and I start fertilizing the flowers?
I guess being a journalist isn’t cool, even the ones who are on television. At least, they were not mentioned.
Some of the aspirations weren’t really reaching. One young one wants to work at Sonic because they cook burgers there. Another wants to be a teacher so when illness strikes, it’s okay to stay at home.
Another child wants to be a vet so they can take care of spiders since they are cute and fuzzy.
Kanan Summers might be the most ambitious child of the bunch. She wants to be president of the United States. Kanan says that is her goal because they help people. Okay!
There are some other traditional choices such as a cheerleader “because it looks fun”, a cowboy, a train engineer, a construction worker who will, of course, need a big tool box to do his job.
A Jacob Leatherwood from Howe has a cool calling. He wants to be in the U.S. Navy. He says he will need an army truck with a machine gun on top and a sniper rifle.
And we still have not looked at the future plans of our seniors, which might even be scarier.
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