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The power of the name

Names are powerful things. Might not believe it at first. But meeting someone who knows your name puts them in a favorable place with you. Maybe you have met once or maybe just talked briefly. Hearing your name always catches your attention. And usually your goodwill. I’m sure it works the other way around too.

Even more powerful than hearing your name from strangers or friends, it’s hearing it from your son. Especially for the first time. The first time your kid says your name is such a pleasant surprise. What’s dad’s name? “Ladu”. Close enough. He can’t pronounce R just yet. Might take a bit longer to hear “Radu”.

At almost 2 years and 10 months, he already knows the names of his colleagues at the daycare. For me, that sounds fabulous. For Christmas, they took a group photo with each kid and teacher. We printed it and he loves to tell us each kid’s name from the picture. This way we also found out what’s his best friend and a bit about the others.

On the other hand, I’m really bad with names. Always have been. When I hear somebody’s name, it enters in one ear and out through the other one. It takes me around 3 times of meeting someone to finally remember his/her name.

Guess it’s nature’s way of telling my brain: ok, maybe you can squeeze one more name in there. Maybe its something wrong with me. Definitely. But I’m trying to improve.

What about you? Are you good with names and how do you react when you hear your name?


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  1. I’m also terrible with names but strangely I am the opposite when teaching – I quickly learnt he names of a new class and I still remember the names of children I taught years ago!! Must be using different parts of my brain when teaching!? 😃

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  2. I’m also terrible with names but strangely I am the opposite when teaching – I quickly learnt the names of a new class and I still remember the names of children I taught years ago!! Must be using different parts of my brain when teaching!? 😃

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  3. Oh gosh I’m the same way with names! I’m trying to get better, but I can’t say I’ve had much success so far 😅 It is very true, though, that names are such an important part of human interaction. I love these thoughts, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Great post. I find that I get terrible with names as I grow older. I then feel awful when I run into that person, and they call me by my name, and I cannot seem to remember there’s and refuse to ask. So, I carried on the conversation and hoped that someone would call out to them so that I could be reminded. I am working on fixing that, though because names are indeed an important part of human interaction.

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