Thursday, January 29, 2009
what's behind a name?
In the town I grew up in there is an amazing amount of people there who happen to be Italian. Lots of great people and lots of great names: Vinny, Angela, Mario, Guido, Guliana, Angela, Rocky, Angela, Angelo, Tony, Cristina, Dino, Dena, Angela, Sal, Flora, Luigi, Francesca, Anna Maria, Giorgio, Angela, Ines, Lina, Mario, Matteo, Angela, the list goes on and on. It is also rumored a more notorious name lives there (or lived there depending on the story you hear), 'No Nose DiFronzo.' I am totally not kidding.
For some reason while telling a story to Jimmy last night I was reminded of this. It started out:
"Once upon a time there was a little boy named Jimmy."
"I not a little boy!"
"Oh, I'm sorry, are you a super hero?"
"No, I Jimmy the Toe!"
This isn't a new thing. He sometimes is Jimmy the Superhero, sometimes Jimmy the Shoe, sometimes Jimmy the Sock, and then of course Jimmy the Toe. I finally realized this has to do with what is going on with his feet at the time of the story. If his Spiderman shoes are on he is J. the Superhero, if his orthopedic shoes are on he's J. the Shoe, if he's wearing only socks its J. the Sock, and bare feet he's J. the Toe.
Incidentally, he didn't like my story at all. It started with Jimmy the Toe running so fast and then climbing the tallest mountain. He was fine with running fast, but insisted he only climbs walls. It was just after midnight, so I decided to take his word for it.