Monday, March 28, 2011

Guest Blogger - My Teenage Son

When my teenage son, David, read me his A.P. English assignment this afternoon -I asked him if I could share it with you. As you can tell, he said it was okay.

A junior in high school, he doesn't enjoy writing all that much, but when a topic is this close to his heart, he rises to the occasion.

What's in a Name?

I've grown up with one minor difficulty. It does not concern my height, weight, or hair texture. It is my name - David Joseph Kraft.

Now, don’t get me wrong, David is awesome and Joseph is superb. It's my last name that's the real problem.

When I looked up the meaning of my name I came up with these results: David means beloved, Joseph means prince… and Kraft means Mac n cheese. I am the Beloved prince of Mac n cheese. Not so awesome.

I can survive with the meaning of my name, if I never had to share it. Yet,inevitably I'm asked for my name on a daily basis. Since I do it so often I have come up with a foolproof routine:

Hello, my name is David, David Kraft with a K.

You would not believe how many times people still spell it with a 'C'. Then I'll get the comment, "Like the Mac n Cheese?!?" "Yes it is, how original." They ignore my sarcasm and respond with, "Oh sweet that is so awesome."

They ask the next question, "Are you related?"

"Well, if I was related do you think I would be buying this .99 cent cheeseburger from you?"

I mean really, I know I'm not supposed to hold a grudge but there's this one kid...

Every day in the hall he purposely catches my eye and goes “Hey Mac n Cheese!" He who shall not be named really chaps my hide. It might have been funny the first or maybe even second time, but after 2 years it really starts to get old.

Then I get the nick names. They include Krafty, Kraftubee and my favorite Kraftibulator! I personally do not mind these nicknames because I have a sense of humor. But, I sure feel bad for my little sister. She is going to have a rough time.

I guess all in all, Kraft is a cool last name after you get past all of the misspellings, annoyingly repetitive people, and the crazy nick names.

Thanks a lot Dad.


Jenny Lundquist said...

Your son is soooo funny! I think there's another writer in your house :0)

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Are you kidding? It's the best name! My dad has often said that my children would have starved had it not been for Kraft Mac & Cheese! It wears well over here.

Thanks for the laughter. Wonder where you get your hilarity from?


Mari said...

He's good! Hmmm - where does he get this from?
Tell him it could be worse - my maiden name was DeWeerd!

thrasherswife said...

Ah LOVE it... and I LOVE the pic, so cute with his sibling's head hidden!!! I'm glad he was willing to share!

Shannon Dittemore said...

This post is YUMMY! In so many ways.

Susan DiMickele said...

So real! I love him, bring him back for more!

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

He sure has your sense of humor! So glad you shared his gift.

Lynnette Kraft said...

HA!!! Yes, I guess I can relate. :) Although, you and I didn't have to grow up with it. Nope, I grew up with Hogeland. Often mispronounced Hog-ee-land. I think I'll take Kraft. ha! I'd rather be mac-n-cheese than a hog. ha!!!

I've gotten to the point where, when somebody asks my name, I say Kraft and sing K-R-A-F-T. Might as well entertain while we're at it right?

Your son (Kraftibulator) cracks me up. That was a fun post.

BARBIE said...

Loved your son's post. And Lynnette's comment about the Hog had me laughing hysterically. Guess I'd rather been Mac N Cheese than a hog too!

Mining for Diamonds said...

Great writing!!!!! I can empathize in a way. I went from "Jones" to a last name that I constantly have to spell and correct the pronunciation of. And it's not really that hard! I don't understand. Thanks, hubby!

Erin MacPherson said...

Ha! This is HILARIOUS! Your son is clearly following in your footsteps. And, next time he complains about Kraft, tell him my maiden name was SCHUKNECHT. Imagine that.

Chris Pedersen said...

Are you sure you didn't right this, Joanne? :^)

Joanne@ Blessed... said...

Nope, not at all Chris. Sarcastic wit must be a genetic trait in our family.

Carrie Schmeck said...

Oh my goodness, your son is hilarious. And a great writer. I wonder why?

I feel his pain. I married into the last name Schmeck. My first piece of married mail came addressed to Carrie Schmuck. I'm a little sensitive about the "e" in the middle. It can make a difference.

Your son has a future in comedy! It takes a great mind to craft such intelligent wit.


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