What’s in a Name?

by Marinka on February 10, 2011

I have something in common with Michelle Obama and if you’re thinking it’s “amazing arms” or “sense of style” God bless your deluded soul. No, Michelle and I have the same initials. MO. For years, it’s been my nickname, coined by gay friend John and elaborated upon by Sue, who calls me Moster. (I have a feeling that the latter will come in handy to my children’s future mates who will call me Moster-in-Law. Thank goodness that I’ll have this post to prove to them that I beat them to that punchline! And welcome to the family!)

A few years ago, my kids picked up on it, and started calling me MO, too because I guess they felt that “Mom” was too personal and they didn’t want me to read too much into our relationship. Also, I suspect that Young Ladrinka with his low pain tolerance was preparing me for his abbreviated MO tattoo.

And honestly, I didn’t mind. Partly because I’m used to my initials (I didn’t take Husbandrinka’s name during our holy matrimony because I am a bra-burning if I had the energy and weren’t terrified of being the New York City version of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow) and partly because it’s close enough to “MOM” so that I can talk my way out of it with my judgey friends.

Except Young Ladrinka had to take it up a notch.

He started calling me Moses.

“Why are you calling me Moses?” I asked. From Mt. Sinai.
“Because Mo is too short, Moses.”
“Are you going to give everyone Biblical names?” I asked. Hey, maybe he’s a prophet!
“Sure!” he said.

The other Biblical names so far are Jose for my daughter, A-Rod for our cat Nicki and CC Sabathia for Husbandrinka.

So, I’m Moses.

I’ll be leading the people out of Egypt if you need me.

One year ago ...

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magpie February 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Oh and how the people of Egypt need you, Mo.

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GrandeMocha
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February 11, 2011 at 7:04 am

My thought too! You beat me to it.

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Lynn MacDonald (All Fooked Up) February 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

That’s so funny because i have one child who has a huge Moses fixation and i always thought it was that guy in the Ten Commandments, you know, the one who went up Mt. Sinaii and got a cut, color and blow dry? but now i’m thinking, maybe it was always about you.

hmmm…must ponder this

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Lu
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February 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm

If anyone can do it, you can!

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Phoenix Rising
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February 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

My kids do not refer to me in any biblical way. I shall talk to them about this tonight.

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Kimberly February 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I am going to require that my family come up with a biblical name for me, thanks!

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CSY February 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

See what you started? Now EVERYONE is gonna want a biblical name. I have a feeling my children will call me Jezebel…they wanna see me pushed out a window and devoured by dogs…of course, that may just be my husband.

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alexandra
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February 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Did you tell him we call you Moses out here, too?

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Peajaye
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February 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Moses in NYC. I like it.

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Peajaye
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February 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Let my people shop.

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Deb February 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm

*Laugh*

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Awesome dude February 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm

No chance of setting your foot on the Promised Land.

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gina February 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Hey…at least he doesn’t refer to you as one of the 3 Stooges….

Hilarious post:)

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Braja February 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

You know, Marinka, I’m never serious with you, but this time I’m going to be: you are one fucking amazingly unique and gifted humorist. I LOVE that.

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dusty earth mother February 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

“From Mt. Sinai”. This made me laugh so hard, I went back and read it two more times. And Lord knows I needed the laugh this morning. Because my house looks like Jericho after the walls fell down.

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the mama bird diaries
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February 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm

So just to keep track, I can call you by your real name, Marinka, Mo or Moses.

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Marinka February 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Please don’t address me directly.

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Liz @ Peace, Love & Guacamole
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February 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I’m no New Yorker, but aren’t there rules about burning bushes and such? Be careful out there!

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subWOW
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February 12, 2011 at 10:40 pm

This is so genuinely funny. I actually broke out into a big fat smile when I was reading it.

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