BUT FIRST: Frankie is getting baptized March 15. Just thought you’d like to be the first to know (besides the missionaries).
I must admit that I was really nervous about posting at Segullah. I stressed over every post ”“ even the last one, which I’d written a month before and really loved. The first two posts were an experiment in “know your audience” and “it’s an LDS blog, so I better do something churchy.” So for this last one, I thought, I’ll just do a typical Millie post ”“ kind of hodge-podgey and strange, but more “me” than the first two posts were.
So”¦ what to talk about”¦
Here’s something: Do you ever second-guess really un-do-over-able decisions, like what you named your children? The Minions That Screw With My Head (a.k.a. The MTSWMHs) were having their way with me one day last week, in the shower, of all places. “Maybe I should have agreed to name Child #5 after my husband’s maiden aunt Gert, who will never have children of her own,” I pondered as I dried myself off. I mean, really, what a stupid thing for them to bug me about ”“ but it worked for a few minutes.
I actually wasted precious moments of my BATHROOM TIME considering ”“ briefly ”“ the idea of discussing it with my husband, who would have assured me that “Gert” is still not our favorite name. Too, he would have reminded me how much I resented his grandmother for even suggesting it (just as I have with all of her unsolicited advice, of which there has been much).
We had our reasons for not taking her up on her “I think it would be nice if you [jumped through yet another hoop for me]” suggestion. None of our other kids are named after anyone but their grandparents. Our sweet #5 should suffer with a name like “Gert” for the rest of her life, and the rest of the aunts and uncles, now and forever namesake-less where our family is concerned, should be snubbed? More selfishly, are we our Aunt Gert’s horrible name-keeper?
The Minions struck back with, “You should bend over backwards to please poor Aunt Gert, who will never procreate in this life. You should go to court and have all your kids’ names changed to family names, as per Grandma’s demand. You should be thinner. You should be less judgmental. You should be this. You should be that. You, personally, should right every wrong ever committed and make up for every failing of humankind. And your mini-blinds are dirty, you big lazy slob”¦”
I’m glad I’m the one with the body, but once in a while, I kind of wish they had mouths I could slap.