Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Another update

The Kid's Writing was fun, but a true lesson in patience. I did get to talk to the teacher about the "fall Festival" and found out only one other mom is a room mother, so I have to call her and get our stuff together for the party next week. I'll go in and help gets the kids dressed in their costumes also, so it should be fun. Update: She just called me, I am juice and either carrots and dip or apples with dip, depending on what I find more readily available next week. Also, all the parents were given our phone numbers to check in and let us know what they are sending in. Not crazy about this idea, don't care about them having my phone number, but if someone wants to send in something and 5 others are, can you really tell them not to? Seems rather presumptious of us doing that. I'll worry about it when the time comes. Worse case scenario, me running out next friday AM buying a bunch of stuff right before the party.

I also had to talk to Elena's teacher today about something that's been bugging me. Here goes-last week Mike ran into her teacher and she was talking and said Elena's name, only she pronounced it "EEE-Lean-A" and of course we say "EEE-layna". Mike mentioned it and I asked EEElayna and she told me "Oh yes, the kids from last year call me EEE-Layna and the ones I didn't know call me "EEE-Lean-A". I told her that wasn't her name and she shrugged and smiled and said "It doesn't matter"-but in reality it does-I had an unusual name, much more unusual then Elena's and hated when I was called "Dennen" or "Deee-neen", it was pronounced "Da-neen"-period. Anyway, I wouldn't embarrass Elena and bring it up in front of her, but I did talk to her teacher (who is great BTW) and she laughed and said I had an "Eee-Layna" in my class last year and I asked Elena how it was pronounced and I swore she said "Eee-Lean-A" and I started calling her that. She also told me when the other kids call her "Eee-Layn-A", others correct them and say "It's EEe-Lean-A". How it will be resolved, I don't know. Elena is much to respectful of any adult to ever correct them, even if they are outright wrong. She adores her teacher and would be afraid it would "hurt her feelings" if she corrected her. I am curious to what the final pronounciation will be.

This is "Da-Neen" signing off...

To comment to Busy-I actually do call her A-Layna because that's how I pronounce it-perhaps it's a Philly/Jersey thing. My husband, who is from Massachusetts, pronounces it EE-layna, as does his family. I usually call her layna anyway, so I don't think about it much. When she started school is when the pronounciation came up-Alana, Allena, Elana, Elena, etc-all the variations. PITA really, but I was the one who picked the name out about 20 years ago (yes, I first saw the name in college and adored it and that was how it was spelled and she pronounced it A-layna and that's what I wanted". Apparently the sounding out words in school forced the issue of how an E sounds.

6 comments:

busy91 said...

And I would pronounce it Alayna as opposed to EEElayna. That is just the bronx accent prolly. And I didn't realize there was another way to pronounce Deneen? LOL!

Beth said...

My youngest DD is going to spend her entire life correcting those who mispronounce her name. It's Maitea (with an ' over the e). It's pronounced My-tay-a. One of the teacher at preschool last year insisted on saying My-tee-a. Oh well.

Pam said...

I would have gone with Alayna as well, but there's the S. Jersey/Philly connection with me too, so who really knows.

You wouldn't think Pamela would be a hard one but my Italian speaking Great-grandma called me pa-MEL-ah and my family still does on occasion.

Anonymous said...

Don't know if the first one went thru or not. Our old neighbor has a 3 year old named EEE-Layna. She started calling her Lanie as a nickname of sorts. I think it is a pretty name.

Carol

Deneen said...

I call her layna or lainie all the time-only when she's really in trouble do I use her full first name.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking the other day of asking you how to pronounce her name. When I've read it, I had been pronouncing it El-lean-uh...but I'm from the South and we've been known to slaughter a few English words! Now I know better, hope things get cleared up...at least EEE-layna doesn't seem to mind it.

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