Kharringtyn’s parents were traveling and out
of phone contact, so Grandma agreed to an interview.
Me: So, that’s quite a name!
Nancy: It sure is!
Me: I guess it’s biblical, huh?
Me: An old family name, then? Like, a favorite aunt?
Nancy: Nope. My daughter made it up. Completely.
Me: What was her underlying philosophy? What universal truths
was she trying to explore?
Nancy: Well, she wanted it to begin with a K-H and have a hyphen.
Me: That’s it?
Nancy: No, it also had to have a Y.
Me: Why did she want these things?
Nancy: No idea.
Me: And all this was okay with Dad?
Nancy: Whatever my daughter wants, she gets. I guess she felt that her own name was a little ordinary. She never told me that, but I guess she felt it. Her name was simple, and she wanted something more for her children. And I guess that’s why she went the other way.
Me: What’s her name?
Nancy: She was Leann Wagner. Now she is Leann Sparks.
Me: Pretty ordinary. Did she at least have an unusual middle name?
Nancy: I’m afraid it’s Sue.
Nancy: Yeah. So.
Me: Is Kharringtyn-McKhynleigh’s name pronounced any special way so people don’t mistakenly spell it the dumb ol’ Carrington McKinley?
Me: I keep getting khonfused and spelling it different ways and have to look it up.
Nancy: Leann gave the Salina Journal the
right spelling, but they got it wrong and then corrected it. They’d spelled it Kharrington, not Kharringtyn.
Nancy: No. It’s easy to misspell.
Me: I found Kharringtyn’s birth announcement. I see she has a big sister named Khayleigh-Huntyr Madisyn Sparks, who is nine years older. And a brother, Casey Jr., who is nine years older than Khayleigh-Huntyr Madisyn.
Nancy: Yes. Well, eight years.
Me: What’s with all the Y’s?
Nancy: I dunno!
Me: Does it take eight years to think up these names?
Me: Now I’m feeling inadequate. My kids are Molly and Daniel. I feel I should have done better by them. I mean, are they going to be missing out on things in life?
Nancy: Oh, they’ll be okay.
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