"I would like to baptize myself under a new name, a name more like the real me, the one nobody sees."
There are two types of parents in the world: those who, when they find out they're expecting, plan the baby's name before it's born, and those who, on the other hand, wait until they meet their baby before they make their final decision.
What do you think? Do you think that a name matters? For example, could you look at a new baby boy and tell whether he should be named Bob as opposed to William? How would you know if the name you picked was the right one?
One of my favorite novels, The House on Mango Street by Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros, is about a young Latina girl named Esperanza who doesn't think her name quite fits her. She was named after her great-grandmother, who was forced to marry a man against her will. Esperanza, however, wants a better life for herself, and wishes she could pick her own name--something that would show who she really is inside, the part of her that "nobody sees."
Renegade Thought of the Day: How did you get your name?
Do you think your name fits you?
What do you think Esperanza means when she talks about her real self inside of her, "the one nobody sees"?
Renegade Challenge: If you could name yourself, what name would you pick and why?
Bonus Link: Click here to see what your name means, how many people have your name in the US, and what you did in a past life!
Bonus Video: Check out the Ting Ting's That's Not My Name: