Saturday, June 04, 2005
Juno Gets a New Name
"Honey?" I said in the darkness.

"Mmmmm?" My husband was stroking my arm in that soft feathery way that drives me crazy.

"I've been thinking . . ."

"Yeeeeeees?" I could hear his smile.

"I've been thinking that I want to change my name."

He grew suddenly still. "You mean you want to go back to your maiden name?"

Rich is very traditional and old fashioned that way. He never did like the idea of a woman keeping her maiden name after she married.

"No, I want to change my first name. I've picked out an Indian name I like better."

Rich groaned and rolled onto his back. "Sheesh," he said, mildly exasperated "Why am I not surprised?"

I propped myself up on one elbow and looked down at him. "Seriously. If I changed my name, would you call me by my Indian name?"

Silence.

"Never mind then." I punched my pillow and curled back up on my side of the bed.

"Okay," he sighed heavily. "Fine. What Indian name do you want?"

"Wind and Fire Woman." I answered promptly.

"Wind and Fire Woman?" His voice rose in disbelief.

"Yes." I paused, then added generously, "But you can call me Running Fart for short."

There was a moment of stunned silence while I tried to smother my giggles.

Rich whacked me with his pillow. "I can't believe you sometimes!" He burst out laughing. "You totally had me going with that! You're like a bad child."

I grinned at him mischievously. "Had you worried there for a minute, didn't I?"

"Uh huh."

I ruffled his hair and gave him a kiss. "That what I love about you, you know. You really would have called me by my 'Indian name' just to make me happy."

"You know," he said, making a grab for me, "I really think Running Fart needs to be taught a lesson."

Of course, that's what Running Fart was hoping for all along.
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