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wickedeasy 70F  
10682 posts
10/29/2017 11:58 am

What’s in a name? I grew up disliking my first name, my sister hers. We were names for great aunts and while we understood the significance and thanked the stars we hadn’t been named for Ethel, we also craved the names of our luckier friends. Now there were some lower on the pole than us who would have traded gladly like Irene, Gladys and Gertrude. Isabelle shortened her name to Issy and beat the crap out of anyone who dared call her anything else. All the boys had good old John, Joseph, Robert, Charles, Greg names except one who was called Shirley.

Poor old Shirley, named for his maternal grandfather and damned for 12 years of torture without pause. To top it off, Shirley wasn’t a jock or a big , nope. Shirley was a little guy, wore coke bottle glasses, lisped, and he ate his own boogers. Not much going for Shirley.

Our third-grade teacher was having an onsite nervous breakdown which we were all enjoying immensely. Cut up in class and she’d peg an eraser at your head……. good shot, too. Every time Shirley ate a booger she’d go green, peg him, leave the room, come back all wet faced. Thinking about it now, I guess she might have been pregnant. We just thought she was nutz.

one day Margaret my best friend who sat in front of Shirley, was reading out loud. I love to read but listening to someone else read will kill my joy fast, so I was watching ol’ Shirl.

He snagged a good one. But the teacher was eyes on, yanno? So instead of a mid-morning snack, he stuck it into one of Margaret’s perfectly glossy banana curls. Stuck his finger up from the bottom and it came out just clean as a whistle.

I am not a snitch. But if you knew Margaret, and how long her mama spent on those curls, and how people teased her sometimes cuz she couldn’t run so fast cuz of her heart and how she’d NEVER ever turn around and slap the bejesus out of anyone….well. I mean, it’s not like you can just not do something, right?

Later in the Principal’s office I was explaining why I had shoved Shirley put of his seat and grabbed Margaret’s hair. The Principal sent for Margaret. Her face was white, so white when she came in, but curious. Not a frequent flyer like me. She kept looking all around trying to find the whips and chains.

he told me to show him, I opened the long curl there it was. He left and his secretary came in with a wet tissue, got it out. Margaret took a look, started crying. Still not sure if it was because the curl was no longer a curl or if the IDEA of a snot that big travelling with her for a while just shook her up. Anyway, we left together.

Saw Shirley heading down as we headed back. Margaret, kicked him hard. I was stunned into silence.

Things change. Just like that.

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

wickedeasy 70F  
32438 posts
10/29/2017 12:02 pm

I could never do banana curls except for about three minutes after which they just turned into curls all over the place. I envied those silky loops.

Margaret grew into a beautiful woman. a smile that lights up a room.

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

wildnwanton 57F  
19449 posts
10/29/2017 12:09 pm

Good for Margaret. I would have had to have been pulled off the hapless lad, I was a bit of a roughneck in school at that age lol.

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Tmptrzz 57F
81572 posts
10/29/2017 12:10 pm

Oh that's gross to have a booger in your hair, so glad you told. And you know what I hate my name too I don't know what the hell my parents were thinking. I got teased so much in school, that I absolutely hated school..Great story thanks for sharing it with us. I hope you are having a great weekend..

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BiggLala 48F  
28498 posts
10/29/2017 12:14 pm

I remember my mother once getting so mad at me for 'sweating out' my Shirley Temple curls (as we called them). The money she paid gone in one afternoon on the playground. I went to a predominantly white school where there were only 2-3 black children in each class. I'll never forget the looks on their faces while looking...not at me, but up at my hair. What happened to your hair? Smooth, silky curls replaced by a kinky afro all due to humidity and salty sweat.

A booger probably would have been easier for my mother to deal with.

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spunkycumfun 60M/65F  
36127 posts
10/29/2017 1:13 pm

Good for Margaret!
People's names are always interesting. At the moment most people born here seem to be given a name beginning with K, named after a celebrity or named after the Royal Family. But I guess celebrity names aren't that different to biblical names.
If I had kids, they'd be called Colin, Nancy, Sebastian or Emily!

doe_ra_me 108M

10/29/2017 1:58 pm

Did'ja know snot speled backward equals tons? Tons o'snot, or snot tons ...

Yep, has nothing to do with story. s'all I gots

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iwalkstilts 45M  
2862 posts
10/29/2017 2:16 pm

Good for Margaret.
I don't like my name very much and I go by my nickname.

author51 57F  
95816 posts
10/29/2017 2:57 pm

What a great story.I laughed out loud when I read the booger had gotten into her curls....I have no idea what gets into parents heads when naming children like say North West for instance or Shirley for a boy.. I grew into my name as I did not like it growing up.Thought it too plain but when understanding the meaning of it as I got older, it became part of who I am.A very happy person..

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Hardupfosho 44M
1727 posts
10/29/2017 4:14 pm

Hmm, unwelcome snot assaults sure do tend to bring out the beast in the most docile of people.

I wonder what ever became of Shirley?

goodatpoetry2 70M
16574 posts
10/30/2017 3:42 am

Atta girl, Margaret! .
It doesn't matter HOW "nice" you are... sometimes you just have to kick someone.

Excellent post!
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pocogato12 68F  
33691 posts
10/30/2017 5:24 am

Do not get me going on "snot" I could tell you a lot about the adults I saw doing
boogers at a very busy intersection. Horn blasting doesn't beat shin kicking

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azriel1970 49M  
29988 posts
10/30/2017 5:55 am

Good for you and for Margaret. Is it not amazing what happens as kids that can define who you are later in life!

HeartCollector 63F  

10/30/2017 6:15 am

I always felt a little special knowing I was named after my two great grandmothers, and I was born on my mom's grandmother's birthday. My grandma told me when I was 10 that she had her mother's birthstone ring and was saving it for me for when I got older. She gave it to me when I was in my early 30's, what a treasure.

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sweet_VM 62F
80980 posts
10/30/2017 8:36 am

Excellent for Margret. An excellent read. Funny how stuff like this happens when we are kids. My name comes from my grandma. Hugs V

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lindoboy100 57M
21528 posts
10/30/2017 11:14 am

Parents can be so cruel when it comes to names......I know a guy called Richard Head, seriously!

And poor old Shirley, he was just starting off a right good snotter collection and there you were curtailing his collection activities, spoilsport!!

Pull ma finger.........

kzoopair 69M/67F
25849 posts
11/3/2017 7:06 pm

I like your name. I din't think Ethyl's all that bad either. When I was a kid we used to make dumb jokes about Joe down at the Sunoco station pumping Ethyl in the back seat.

I like this story, too. Hurray for Margaret. I got called into conference with the principal one day with a friend. His office had some kind of repair going on so we got hauled into the kitchen. I sat on the counter. It was hot in there and the principal was chewing a lot of ass. Fuck, it was the kitchen but you'd have thought it was the dining room. Suddenly I went all dizzy and pitched forward off the counter. I had nearly fainted from the heat. But my buddy and the principal thought I was diving for for him, to take him down. They jumped back and I landed on my face. It woulda been funny if I hadn't been so out of it. Anyway, that ended the session.

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christylovesfun 47F  
16837 posts
11/9/2017 10:10 am

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety. Other women cloy
The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies. For vilest things
Become themselves in her, that the holy priests
Bless her when she is riggish. ~~ from Antony & Cleopatra

ProfPlayful 56M
3867 posts
11/13/2017 6:56 am

If you really dont like your name I will happily call you Mark Twain or O. Henry. I love your well-told stories and appreciate your writing skills.

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