**I will now take the time out to go on a full-on rant. I am SO frustrated right now by this.**
When family members (not going to tell you WHICH side of the family) call and introduce my daughter as “MAYA” (her given name, but not used) when they KNOW that her nickname is “Maisie” and KNOW THAT she doesn’t come nor answer to anything else.
WHY?! Just because you don’t like her name??? Yes, I KNOW that her ‘real name’ IS INDEED “MAYA”. She can use that when she grows up.
WE call her “Maisie” and that is what everyone else should call her, too.
Why did I name her “Maya” and not “Maisie” to begin with?
Her FULL GIVEN NAME IS “Maya Scarlett Emmaline” or MSE= MAISIE.
Am I the only person who has this happen?!
Perhaps I should re-introduce this child to them and say:
“Hello, have you met my daughter? We call her Maisie. Maya is her given name and she isn’t old enough to respond nor understand”
“however, she DOES respond to MAISIE and it would be lovely if you would call her something that she’d answer to, as it is not your place to educate her on her given name”
“…and to avoid further confusion, we would like you to respect our wishes that she be called “MAISIE” – unless you are a representative of the federal government, the doctor’s office, the schools, or the social security administration”
If my horse (if I had a horse) was called “Sunsets Of Gold Troll Bridge” and I decided to call him “Asshole”, that would be his name- maybe they’d understand that-
I should explain it perhaps in EQUESTRIAN TERMS if they don’t get the humanoid reasoning behind it.
Now, on MY side of the family, for example, we have a long tradition of various given names and nicknames.
Nobody bats an eyelash, nobody causes a fuss.
I may not like what YOU call YOUR child, but I respect your wishes and call them the name that they (and you) are comfortable with.