My pal Kevin asked in the comments of yesterday’s post:
Okay, I’m gonna ask… when you developed these nicknames for all your friends and family, did you consult with them and, perhaps, work collaboratively on them? Or did you just come up with a name and say, “sorry, you’re stuck with it”?
Well Kev, let me tell ya. . .I don’t have nicknames for everyone though I wish I did. Some people are just really hard to nickname. But for most I can come up with something and no, I don’t consult with them. It’s part of the bargain of being my friend. Here’s a run down. . .
Dokey, also known as my younger sister, has had that nickname since she was a wee baby. I had this little habit of sneaking into her room when she was napping and waking her up because I wanted to play. One day I went up to my parents and said, “Dokey’s up.” They looked at each other confused, wondering what I was talking about. I said it again, “Dokey’s up.” I don’t know exactly how they figured out I was talking about my sis but from there on out, she was called Dokey. Apparently all the times my parents would say “Okie Dokie” confused me into thinking that Dokie was actually a person.
Tomato also known as the ever-fabulous Baub (or Bob) got that nickname because he LOVES tomatoes. Like seriously, his love of tomatoes borders on obsession. It works out great that he loves them and I generally dislike them. I can give him mine and he will eat them.
Dumpling, also known as Mr. Rodacre, got his nickname one day on instant messenger. He has this habit of referring to me as some sort of pastry/dessert, like “cupcake” or “jonesypie” (Jones being my run of the mill last name) so I had to come up with something equally as dessert-like for him. His last name starts with a “d” so it just kind of happened. Besides, don’t dumplings sound good? Mmmm, dumpling.
Jenny Two Times is called that because she often needs things repeated. Or, it will go like this:
Me: “Blahblahblah. . .do you think we should get some cheese?”
Her: “Hmmm, wha?”
Me: “Cheese. Do you think we should get some?”
Her: “Oh, cheese. Yeah.”
My ex (the Cowboy– who got that nickname mistakenly by my sis and bro-in-law because they could never remember his actual nickname. Now I just use it because he reminds me of a desperado cowboy.) He gave her that nickname when he first met her. We were bbq-ing on his first visit to The Cruz with some of my friends and she did her little thing (as demonstrated above) and he leans over and whispers in my ear: “She’s Jenny Two Times.”
Supple is actually her last name. You can’t beat that! She likes to test a guy’s last name against hers and is on a mad hunt for a fella with a last name like “Cox.”
Bird originally was called Hummingbird because she would hum around the office. She sings opera. Then she met Ama (her nickname for him/Sami) and he and his kids started calling her Bird. They are a family of nicknamers: Pickle, Tree, Ama and Bird .
JB is called JB because those are his initials of his first and middle name. He doesn’t like people to use his middle name though, me, being a child of the ’80’s, I cannot help but to quote one of my favorite movies ever whenever I think of it. I could link it here but it would be too obvious.
Marnacakes is so sweet I had to add cake to the end of her real name.
Sizzle was a nickname given to me by another ex whom I have now taken to calling Sweatypants (a story I will leave for another day). We were in the bedroom at the time he gave me this nickname. . .well, you can think what you want on that one.