The grandma baby shower for my son’s preschool teacher is this week. I’ve been working on some of her gifts. Here’s a little background information. Ms. Jo Anne (the teacher) has three grown boys. Her first grandbaby will be a GIRL. She’ll be here in a few weeks. Ms. Jo Anne is so thrilled! Ms. Jo Anne’s mother is here visiting from Minnesota and her name is Pressley. How cool and hip is that for a name. Ms. Pressley visited the classroom last week and leave it to MY son to ask her how old she is. She’s a young 84 years old! Well, this first grandbaby will be named Pressley. Isn’t that fabulous? I especially love the fact that she (the baby) is being named after someone that is still living. That is such the tribute. And well, I think the name is pretty fun, too.
As many of you know, my name is not all that common here in the states. And it’s spelled a little differently than the common way to spell it back in India. My spelling is “Geeta” and the more common is “Gita”. Anyway, being born here and growing up in Canada and Texas, LOTS of people had trouble saying and spelling my name. So, when we had kids, we had some simple rules about picking names – they had to be pretty unique, one syllable, easy to pronounce, and easy to spell. We pretty much stuck with that for both boys. Anyway, after all of this blabbing, what’s the point? Names. Names are very important to me. I always try to give a personalized gift whenever there is an unusual name. You don’t know how many turnstyle things with personalized name items I’ve turned (like license plates, keychains, pencils, etc. – you know what I mean) at every amusement park, craft store, etc. looking for my name (this was when I was little, of course). You know how many I found? Zero. One time in Mexico, my dad got me a personalized ring that they carved right there. I still have it. Problem is it’s made out of brass and turns my finger green. Ew!. While at Disney, I got my oldest boy one (passing the tradition down) but his is sterling silver… no green for him.
So, back to the name thing… I think people like to see their name on stuff. I made Pressley (her middle name is going to be Ava btw, I think that’s cool too) a name frame for her room (at her parents house – so not such a great gift for the grandma… but I’m working on that, too). Her room is primary colors (can you believe that? It’s a GIRL and they’re using primary colors! She should be decked out in PURPLE! Sheesh! Of course, this is from a mom of TWO boys and everything we have is Primary Colors. Maybe that’s why my stamp room is Purple!). The “primary” primary color is Yellow. I went with Summer Sun and not Yo Yo Yellow because Yo Yo is just plain awful (IMHO). Can you imagine looking at Yo Yo for any extended length of time. I didn’t want to blind the child. Summer Sun, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White CS, Doodle This stamp set (love this.), Warm Words, Amazing to Zany, and Headline Alphabet. And then some embellishments.
I hope they all like it. To me, it’s fun to get stuff with my name on it. What do you think? Do you have an unusual name?