A funny story:
On her 60th birthday this weekend, Karen was in her usual practical joking mood! I mentioned to her that my mom keeps asking me what the baby’s name will be, and she suggested we think of a name joke we could play on her. Given that it was her birthday, we figured mom might fall for it if Karen said my birthday present to her was telling her the name early.
We brainstormed a few crazy names, but I didn’t think my mom would believe any of them. Since I love nature names, I started rattling off names of trees: “Chestnut?” “Oak?” “Pecan”
We paused at Pecan – because Pecans sounds like PeKANZ! (Recall Kanz is Matt’s nickname). It could stand for little Kanz! My mom knows the name is non-traditional, has meaning and a cute nickname, so it seemed reasonable that this could be it.
Karen went to the computer to write my mom the following email:
Please, please don’t tell Koops I told you this; I thought you should know, however, so you can get over the shock as I’m trying to do.
She told me that since she and Matt love the outdoors, they wanted a "nature" name. They decided on "Pecan" but want him called PeKanz, as in "little" Kanz.
I think it’s awful but I bit my tongue. Discuss with Cliff and we can talk about whether we should say something. They’re so independent, though, that I don’t know if they’ll listen to us. I think it’s awful to saddle a kid with that kind of name.
Karen and I were both laughing hysterically proofreading it!
Ultimately, my mother didn’t fall for the joke, but Matt’s brother Andrew did!
Karen forwarded the email to him and within 5 minutes he called her back — not to mention that he was at a LSU game with his girlfriend. He said "This has got to be a joke." Karen said it wasn’t and told Andrew he should probably call Matt and give him a talk to try to change his mind “since he won’t listen to me,” she said. Andrew said it wasn’t his place, but gosh was this bad! He told her that he’d be embarrassed to tell his co-workers (who know about the impending birth) that the baby’s name is Pecan and while explaining the whole Kanz nickname in the process. He knew the name might be more modern, but he said this was really bad! Karen and Andrew had a great laugh when she told him it was a joke!
Needless to say, the baby’s name is not Pecan!
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