Thursday, August 7, 2008

My Daughter is Not a Vampire

When I was little we had a series of dramatized fairy tales called "Let's Pretend" on vinyl records. We listened to them over and over again. One of the stories was "The Frog Prince" and his princess was named Rosalie. That was my first exposure to the name. Over the years I continued to run across the name, though rarely, and I always liked it. And when, finally, I was in labor with my last daughter (all of whom were born past their due dates,) my husband and I decided we really had to pick a name. And Rosalie was the one we most liked together. So.

Now, you'd probably have to have your head in a bucket (in which case you probably aren't reading blogs online) not to have heard of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, which is about vampires. One of the vampires, a golden haired beauty, is also named Rosalie. Rosalie Hale, no less, which makes it even closer to home, as Hale is my maiden name. The series is wildly popular and I am glad for the author--we Mormons like to see other Mormons excel. But it still bothers me that people will assume that I named her after the book, simply because they never heard the name anywhere else. (I'll probably have to privatize my blog after this; this entry has too many googleable references.) Ah, well.

So that's my disclaimer. But here is the funny part. All of my other babies have grown their teeth in upper-middle and lower-middle pairs--like a beaver. But not Rosalie. In fact, she's got me a little worried.

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

I love it!!! What a strange coincidence about her vampire teeth! I didn't even remember that Rosalie in the book was named Rosalie Hale. The first time I heard the name was when you named her and I love it. It's no doubt that the name's popularity will increase as more people hear it. Because I love all your children's names and your taste... please send me some ideas... I'm stumped for this baby...

edith said...

So what's the etiquette of blog conversations? Do I reply to a question here, or should I post it on your blog where you'll be sure to see it but it will be out of context?

Anyway, thanks for the compliment! My other top picks for a girl were Miranda (nicknamed Mia) or Joanna (nicknamed Joey?) I also liked Petra and I love Mercy. But if I didn't have to consider my child's future, I would have named her Piper. It just doesn't go with our last name.

Charity said...

I got a good laugh out of this! I love the teeth and Piper Songer...ah that is quite poetic really. :)

Katie said...

joey here. i would just like to say, from a dentist's point of view, roey actually is a vampire. Don't let this alarm you. You just have to be careful to not hold her too close to your neck. Other than a few idiosyncrasies she should socialize normally.

JennyHP said...

Very funny pictures, Edith. Is Rosalie feeling better now that those teeth are out?

Jenny

kate said...

hahahahahaha! thasofunny!

Rebekah said...

Hilarious! Couldn't stop laughing!

Star said...

That is too funny, I'll keep my neck at a safe distance! Well if it makes you feel any better, everyone asks if I named Isabelle after Bella, and the answer is no! I had never even heard of the books when I chose that name. My other favorite name was Renesmee! teehee