We all have that one friend that gives everyone a nickname. You could be sitting in the middle of Chefette stuffing your face with chicken and that friend would choose this particular time to point out someone sitting parallel to you and give them a name like flubber. And although you're trying your best not to choke on the meat that's wedged between your teeth, in an amazingly accurate way, the person actually appears to resemble flubber to you. Its worst when they pick on one of your friends or workmates to give them a nickname. I mean, how are you supposed to carry on a logical conversation without the name spilling from your lips.
I had a friend once that started referring to another of my friends as The Mop. The logic behind this name was that the person's hair fell around their head like a messy mop head and then the person was on the slim side, which didn't help at all. It got so bad that when I wanted to make a reference to my friend, I had to say The Mop or no one knew who I was referring to. I managed to hold it together though and I swear I never called the person anything other than their christened name. I eventually managed to shake the secret nickname for them as well. Now, its just a running joke every now and again.
Speaking of nicknames, have you ever noticed that children are extremely good at giving them to people? When I was just a few years old, I started calling a woman The Tall Red Woman. I don't know why. I supposed she looked tall to me and she was red, but by the time I got into junior school at primary school, I realised she wasn't tall at all. The woman was actually no taller than five feet flat. When Shakir was a little younger, he started calling a man from our district Red Nose. It didn't matter that the man was already nicknamed Fish. Shakir determined that Red Nose was a much better name for him and so that is what he called him. Also at a young age, my sister began calling one of my father's workmates No Teet because his front teeth were missing. In each instance, the person found it amusing and embraced it.
What if society was less sensitive and we gave people the names we felt were better suited to them upon meeting them. Can you think how may people who get called the B-word? Mine would have to be TV character related and today alone, I would have called one person Darth Vader from Star Wars, another one would have been Scrat from Ice Age, then Groot from The Guardians and Sméagol of The Lord of the Rings. But favourite in the batch would have to be the one who was given the name of Two-Face from Batman.
Allison is mother to two active boys who challenge her on a day to day basis with their escapades. In her other life, Allison juggles a regular day job as a marketing executive in a health food organization. At night, when everyone is asleep, she dreams of being a fulltime writer and super hero.