Friday, February 4, 2011

What's in a Name?

My maiden name is Bohne (like "bone" + "e"), and I was used to it being mispronounced all the time.  When I married my husband, I thought those days were behind me.  Baker is a pretty common, easy-to-say name, right?
Not for many of the kids I encounter while subbing (usually this happens in K-2).  I always introduce myself in the morning and write my name on the board.  I used to gently correct them if they did not say my name correctly.  Now, I just find myself responding to: Mrs. Bake, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Bakery, Mrs. Bacon, etc.  {Sigh.}   I love working with kids!


Allyson said...

My married last name is Bollenbach.
My favorite version my firsties call me is Mrs. BowlingBall :)

Hadar said...

Hahaha! I love this post! My name gets butchered al day long! One day my good friend came to help mien my class and laughed that she heard 3 versions of my name in 30 seconds

Hadar said...

Ok wow, sorry about all the typos! I'm commenting on my bf's iPad

Erica Bohrer said...

I hear you! My last name is similar to your maiden one: Bohrer, the "h" is silent. So it is Bor-er...not a fabulous last name to have as a teacher. With my students' Long Island accents, it ends up being Bora and I am OK with that. I have heard of other people with the same last name calling themselves Bor-ay. Very French of them!
Thanks for following my blog. I will be following yours.

Rachelle said...

Hahaha! Don't you just love kiddos?! I linked your blog on my sidebar! I love it so much!

michelesayre said...

We have a parent that subs at school. His name is Mr. Berrier. I have his soon this year in my second grade class. My daughter was so excited a few weeks ago because Mr. Digger finally got to sub in her class. I asked her who? And once again she said Mr. Digger. Mom you know who I mean. You have his son in your class. I said to her do you mean Mr. Berrier? She said yes, I knew it had something to do with the cemetary. Now everytime I see him I call him Mr. Digger. I have to make sure I don't call his son that.

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