Why this name is so annoying when all of the other crazy names we use in this house are not, I cannot understand. And our household obviously has some issues with proper nomenclature. Our son's name is Alex. We call him everything but: "Albert", "Alvin", "Al", and even sometimes "Dennis", a name his friends insist on calling him (there's some long story that goes along with it that I still don't understand) and has even filtered down to his teachers and coaches. Odd. And our poor daughter has somehow become the target of food names from me: Cookie, Sweet Pea, Sweet Potato. At least some of them are healthy foods and not things like "Muffin Top" or "Twinkie."
Then there is Jay and his very own dictionary. It consists of just a few words that he uses for everything. It's kind of like how the Hawaiian language uses only certain letters. Jay's vocabulary is likewise streamlined. A "bucket" can mean anything from the water glass he is drinking from, to the gas can he uses for the lawn mower fuel, to the mailbox. "Sauce" can mean salad dressing, water in his "bucket", or ceiling paint. Living with him for 21 years has given me ample time to decode what he says with almost an ESP-like ability. Once you get used to it, it's kind of like playing Wheel of Fortune. Lots of rational figuring out and some guessing thrown in for good measure.
|Hey--who drank all the sauce that was in this bucket?!|