I was reading the local papers (as I love to do) when Raymond and I were (briefly) at the Manse last weekend, and I was quite taken by a photo showing children at my old elementary school, Madoc Township Public School, who had been named “Terrific Kids” for the months of December and January.
(I am not entirely sure what the “Terrific Kids” thing is all about, but it seems to be a recognition of children who have been good sports, well-behaved, kind to others, etc. All good.)
What I was struck by – aside from their beautiful smiling faces – were their names. Which were: Mikayla, Memphys, Aylah, Morgan, Mercedes, Megan, Riley, Charity, Justice, Emerson, Lila and Terra.
To which I can only say: gracious! Times have changed. (But then, you all knew that.)
When I was a student at Madoc Township Public School (between 1966 and 1971 – the dawn of time, I realize), we were named Debbie and Darren and Don (or Donny) and Dave (or David) and Diane and Donna; Linda and Larry and Lisa; John (or Johnny) and Jerry (or Gerald); Carl and Connie and Ken (or Kenny) and Kathy (or Cathy) and Karen and Kevin; Janet and Jim (or Jimmy); Mary Anne and Mike; Sandra and Sheila; Billy and Bobby; Allen (or Allan), and Lloyd and Terry and Marlene and Peter… old names; ordinary names. The teachers often had to use both first and last names when they called on one of us, because it was so common for there to be more than one Debbie or Billy or Kathy/Cathy in the class.
Not any more, evidently. All those made-up names the kids have now! Cute as anything, but I await the return of old-fashioned names. It’s bound to happen, you know. And no, I’m not talking about the classic biblical names that’ll always be with us, like Michael and Daniel and David. I am talking about the names a little earlier than my generation – Doris, and Eileen, and Harriet, and Betty. And those of my own generation: bring back Linda, I say! And Debbie. And Keith. And Laurie…
Oops. Speaking of Keith and Laurie, and my generation: