During my 91 years on this earth I have met many folk with names that conjure up various thoughts as to WHY the parents had not really thought about the consequences of naming their off spring.
Below is a rhyme I wrote concerning some folk I have worked with during my life. No doubt many who reads this will know of someone they have come across in their lives with a name that could be more than embarrassing for the person so named.
NAME THIS CHILD
During all my years on earth I have heard many a peculiar name
Did parents think that this would help bring their offspring fame?
I have lived next door to a Dickie Bird and a Dusty Miller too
And I used to know an Ida Downe believe me this is true
There was an Ivor Lott a Will Power and a Robin Hood
Also Rusty Locke and Blackie Smith and a girl named Bebe Goode
I have worked with Eva Stone and Lydia Potts and an Eileen Back
All of them have had to live with such a great amount of flak.
There was another girl I worked with whose name was May Trump
You can well imagine how she felt and why she often had the hump.
One name imprinted on my mind from many years gone by
Was of a girl starting work and I swear that this is no lie,
Of all the names that I had heard this was the unkindest of all
When the boss asked her for her name she answered Ophelia Ball.
The look of horror on his face was a picture to behold
It left a vivid memory in my mind that I have often told.
So Mums and Dads pick a name to do your children proud
And when asked what it is they will shout it clear and loud.
Copyright © - Maisie Walker 2000 - All rights reserved
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