My youngest son, Juss, is more outgoing than the other children (in America. Ping-Ping was more outgoing still in China and at camp.) He has been joining groups of neighborhood kids in an effort to become friends with them, but alas all the children are either too old or too young. Still, he's been trying hard, and he's become friends with one nice little guy who he plays with about once a week.
Only...the first time he played with this group of kids, they played a detective game. Everyone had a character. Juss's character's name was Dexter.
Now, several months later, the whole group still calls him Dexter. Having children call your son by the wrong name is only a little odd, but the mother of the boy he plays with calls me occasionally, and she calls him Dexter, too. "Would Dexter like to go to the pool with us?"
This happened during the same period when we went to Special Ed Baseball with the Cherubim, and Juss introduced himself as Slate. So, the adults at baseball were calling him Slate and the mom down the street calls him Dexter.
My younger sister did live-action role playing in college, and once they had set up a scenario with a part for someone about to arrive -- and when he arrived, he was the perfect match for it.
Four years later, she, and everyone else, was still calling him by the name of the part.
In high school, a teacher thought my name was Miranda, and he called me that all year! It was odd the first time, and I thought he would figure out my real name, but I must have been a Miranda to him. I rather liked it by school end.
I do like both Slate and Dexter. Children are funny!
|Date:||July 18th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)|| |
Not too bad--
I have two Uncles and one Aunt: Butch, Casey and Cookie who were so dubbed in by their childhood friends. They stuck!
On the other hand, several teens of my acquaintance are used to me refering to them by the characters they played in the Harry Potter RPG. D'you think...oh...wossname...you know, Hydra Malfoy, would help out? "You mean K-----" Yes!
|Date:||July 28th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)|| |
Maybe it's a nerd thing? A friend of mine, Matt, cosplays as a character named Walter, so for a while we were jokingly calling him that. It stuck. Matt is such a common name around here that he responds more readily to "Walter" than his given name, and I've given up training myself not to use it anymore.