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The Nickname Game

twirly girlMy daughter Annie has always been good at making new friends. She’ll march right up to new kids and say, “Hi, my name is Annabel, do you want to play with me?” What she is not so good at is asking for the other kids’ names. I’ve gone over it with her a million times, but she just can’t remember to say, “Hi, my name is Annabel, what’s your name?” This is frustrating when I’m trying to figure out who her friends are but hilarious because she has extremely descriptive nicknames for her friends that crack me up every time.

The Girl Who Laughs At My Funny Faces ~ This is one of my daughter’s best friends at school, so it made me crazy that I didn’t know her name. I finally asked the girls’ teacher and found out her name, but even though I’ve told it to Annie a million times, she still hilariously refers to the girl by her nickname. “I went down the slide with The Girl Who Laughs at My Funny Faces.” Supposedly, she calls her friend by her proper name at school, so at least there’s that.

The Boy Who Talks Too Loud ~ If there was a female version of this nickname, my daughter would easily win it. EASILY.

Naughty Nicky ~ I can’t figure out who the heck this kid is, since there’s no Nicky or Nicholas or Nicole or even a kid whose name starts with N in her class!

That Little Boy ~ Yet another one that confuses me, especially since sometimes when I pick her up at school I ask her who “That Little Boy” is and she points to a different child every time.

The Girls Who Look The Same ~ Surprisingly, this only narrowed it down to four possible girls as there are two sets of identical twin girls in her class! However, when I ask her if she can tell the twins apart, she looks at me like I’m an alien and says, “Of COURSE, Mommy.”

Lest you think my daughter is the only one that doesn’t learn the other kids’ names, I asked her what her classmates call her. I was asking because I wondered if she preferred Annabel or Annie at school, but she answered, “Twirly Girl.” When I pressed her as to why, she said, “Because I’m always showing everyone how my dresses are so twirly.”

Well, that makes sense.

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