Megan is my dancer. I call her Angelina Ballerina (if you are unfamiliar with the story, click here), because she is always dancing in and out of the studio, from pirouettes on the softball field to clogging naked in the bathroom after a shower. She lives, sleeps, and breathes dancing. Of all my children, she alone is completely confident and at home on the stage.
Today she was helping me in the kitchen, and I noticed from across the room that her movements slowed until she was standing there, the broom forgotten in her hand. Her twinkling eyes had a faraway look in them, and then, her face stretching into a beatific smile, she lifted her arms above her head, elbows slightly bent, so that her fingertips just touched high above her head. There's a French word for that pose, I'm sure. The forgotten broom fell to the floor with a loud SLAP! but Megan didn't notice. Then, she bent at the waist, and her arms came down as her knees bent into a deep curtsy for her adoring fans.
I chuckled and applauded, and she snapped out of her daydream, looking a little startled, and then laughed with me.
I said, "did you know that you can get your name changed by filling out paperwork and going before a judge? We really could change your name to Angelina."
Megan's eyes widened a little, then looked uncertain. "Could I just change my middle name?"
"Sure. Megan Angelina N********. What do you think?"
Megan's flawless brow creased in thought. "But I like my middle name the way it is!"
She retrieved the broom and continued sweeping absently. Then, "Mom? Can a person have more than one middle name?"
"Sure," I said. "Some people in other countries, like Mexico, have three or four middle names."
Megan beamed. "That's what I want! I want to change my name to Megan Elizabeth Angelina N**********!
Tonight, Megan was telling her dad her big plan. Tom's eyes twinkled as he smiled. "But Megan, if you did that, your initials would be M.E.A.N."
This of course, brought on much giggling.
"And even worse, " Dad continued, "If you married a man with the last name of Young, your initials would be M.E.A.N.Y!"
Megan's eyes shone with tears of glee as she twittered in the circle of her dad's arms.
"But Dad! If I add Geraldine as another middle name, my initials could be M.E.G.A.N!"
Wow. It's hard to keep up with intellects like that.