Just Call Me Dora!PARENTING | Nirasha Jaganath | May 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm
These days my older darling seems to feel the name we have bestowed upon her as something so distasteful that she seethingly reminds us not to call her by it. Yes, you may have read many times of my post on my girls’ love for Dora the explorer (read Dora gets Mommy Niri’s Vote or Yes, I washed that shirt for more insight) but nothing prepared me for the scene at a an Old Navy Store recently when my daughter angrily asked me to call her Dora, the name she has assumed these days. I swear I could see every eye in the store piercingly look at me as I muttered as softly as I could, “Dora, could you come here please?” The next sounds were snickers of laughter as I looked at them with clenched teeth thinking “Yeah, it is funny when it is not YOUR daughter!”
Me begins to wonder why I even bothered mulling over various names days (and nights) before she was even born (hoping that none would get butchered in school with the wrong pronunciation) or even why I wasted my breath arguing with my MIL (mother-in-law) about why I thought her chosen names just won’t do (not that it made an iota of difference since she insisted on calling her everything else but her actual name when on a recent visit—-got to remember to breathe slowly). I know, I know, pretending is supposed to be a healthy phenomenon but I worry sometimes (that’s my job I guess).
Tweeting this out to the tweeple it looked like many a mama suffered the same fate as me. One of my twitter buddies, whose 2 year old thought he was “Boots” (the boot wearing monkey companion to Dora, as if you did not know) laughingly suggested that they could play. It was slightly reassuring to think ok at least she was pretending to be a girl, nevermind thoughts were swirling in my head like “maybe she does not like her own life and wants to be someone else”.
As if that was not bad enough she has named the Dora character as her name. Wait, the saga does not end there, my little one has declared to not call her by her own name too, she is now.. get this: Little Dora!