A mother who picked meaningful names for her sons has been left questioning her choices after a nursery staff made an innocent remark.
When the woman took her Robbie, 2, to meet staff at her 3-year-old son Jason’s nursery, a staff made a remark that she just couldn’t forget.
“When we introduced Robbie to Jason’s nursery teacher and my health visitor, they both commented ‘oh, like Take That,’” she wrote on Mumsnet.
“I shrugged it off to begin with but I can’t seem to shake this horrible feeling I get that I can’t really describe… Perhaps someone can put some words/sense to it,” she continued.
“Everyone around me thinks I’m being ridiculous and overthinking it.”
The mother said that she is not a music fan so she did not make a connection. “Jason was named because his name means to heal (we lost a baby prior to him at 23 weeks in my pregnancy and we lost a baby at 24 weeks after him but before Robbie) so Jason really has been my healer to get through some very dark times.
“Both my partner and I loved the name Robbie and agreed on it. And since learned that it means ‘bright fame/glory.’”
She went on: “My Robert is the brightness after the darkness of our most recent loss.
“However, since these Take That comments, I’ve been really struggling to call him Robbie without being reminded of Take That.
“I’m mid 30s and the comments were made by women who would remember Take That.
“I’m not really into music so didn’t think of it. They are both traditional, normal names that can’t be changed.”
Other parents were quick to share their thoughts on the matter, with one person sharing: “Robbie’s a great name, which I named my own son, who’s now 33. He’ll love it too when he’s older – it’s just a lovely, normal name that plenty of people know and like. Thousands of people are named the same. Maybe being young, she’d not heard it much and just made a mindless association with Take That. Let’s keep the old names going!”
Another wrote: “I have friends who called their children Luke and Lea. They’re not starwars fans, they just like the names. If anyone mentions it the mum smiles politely and the father laughs it off.”
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