Anyone who has children knows the awesome responsibility of naming a child. When choosing names for our daughters Henry and I wanted to be sure the names were not too ordinary, and too unique for that matter. We named our first daughter Makayla, and our second daughter Harper.
There is a grace story to be found in Makayla’s middle name, which is: Grace. We decided on Grace because of me; more specifically my lack of physical Grace. When I was little people in my family would call me Grace, but for all the wrong reasons. I was clumsy; and not just regular kid clumsy, I was accident prone, regularly fell down stairs, had perpetually skinned knees, and generally lacking in coordination. I sincerely hoped my daughter would not inherit this trait of gracelessness, so we gave her the middle name Grace.
Did it work? well yes and no. She is a little clumsy, but she also has a Grace filled heart. She loves and accepts people effortlessly and without restraint. She is generous and kind. She has compassion and empathy. She is thankful and a veritable fount of creativity and curiosity.
I decided to interview Makayla. I have a journalistic streak in me, and thought this would be an interesting exercise in writing, and parenting for that matter. So below is an interview with my Grace-filled and Grace-named daughter.
Me: What is your favorite color?
Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Makayla: I told you I never want to grow up!
Me: Well, what would you do for a job then?
Makayla: Wear doctor clothes.
Me: What is something you and I have in common?
Makayla: Our chins and our eyes.
Me: What is something you and Daddy have in common?
Makayla: Our hair is the same I think.
Me: When are you proud of yourself?
Makayla: When I win races.
Me: What makes you happy?
Makayla: Ice cream.
Me: What makes you sad?
Makayla: When kids won’t play with me.
Me: What is your super power?
Makayla: Helping people.
Me: Where in the world would you like to visit?
Makayla: Nowhere, I like it here at home.
Me: What is your favorite bible story?
Makayla: Joseph and his brothers.
Me: What is Mommy’s super power?
Makayla: Rescuing people.
Me: What is Harper’s super power?
Makayla: Picking up toys.
Me: What is Daddy’s super power?
Makayla: Playing golf.
Me: What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy?
Makayla: Go to Kate’s house.
Me: What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?
Makayla: Eat french fries.
Me: What is your favorite thing to do as a family?
Makayla: Go camping.
Me: What do you like to learn about?
Makayla: The moon, and dinosaurs I think.
Me: What is a question you have right now?
Makayla: Ummm, what do caterpillars eat?
Me: Who do you love?