August 24th, 2009


Do you like nicknames? I like to give them to kids and use them, especially to those special kids who would seem to blossom under the affection of a nickname. Sometimes I will give a kid a personal nickname and find out that his friends have kept it going for the rest of his life. Back in the nineties I had two boys with the exact same name, one a senior and the other a junior. I started calling the former "12" and the latter "11." It worked fine. My newest decision is to call one of my favorites from the class of 2009 "Lemon Squeezer." Whadaya thinka that one?