But you wouldn’t really do that, would you?

We’re not the type to tell anyone our names until we announce that the baby has arrived. There are many reasons for this, but we mostly like to keep the drama going. We like the surprise of it.

When I was pregnant with our third child, we went down to visit my husband’s family to attend a wedding. I was about 5 months along. Of course, the same questions came up. What are you going to have? What are you going to name it? etc. etc. We were already notorious for not answering these questions, but this time, we thought it would be a good idea to come up with some fake names to give people. We knew most people wouldn’t buy it, but we knew one person who probably would.

My sister-in-law, Donna. She believes the best about people and takes their word at face value. So she was just gullible enough.

We told my father-in-law so he could play along. After the wedding, when everyone had changed into comfy clothes and we were all sitting around chatting, Mr. French set it up.

“I know we usually never tell people what names we’re thinking of, but this time we were hoping to get your opinion about it first.”

“Oh, okay. I’d love to hear.” pipes in Mr. French’s father.

“Well, for a boy we were thinking, Dirk Durham D____.” Nobody says a word. “And if it’s a girl, we were thinking, Dorcas Daisy D____. What do you think?”

Mr. F’s Dad looked excited, “I think I like those. That’s good.”

Donna face looked a bit stricken, but she didn’t say anything.

“What do you think, Donna?” asked Mr. French.

“Weeeellll. Uh…”

That’s when we all started laughing. It took her a minute to register that we were actually joking.

She said later that she just kept thinking, “O.K. they never tell us their names, so don’t mess this up. But why does everyone like these names?”

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