Friday, December 2, 2011

I Blame Courtney Cox

I'm glad my daughter's preschool teachers seem to like me, despite the fact that Munchkin Girl seems determined to humiliate me.  First, you might remember that she went to school the day after Halloween limping with a supposed "sore foot".  It was cured miraculously the second she saw her friends, but right before I took her inside to school I asked her how it happened and she told that Mommy ran over her foot with the car.  I can assure you I did no such thing, but I almost didn't send her to school for fear that she would go to school telling everyone and her teachers would believe her.

That was earlier this year.  Then there was yesterday.  This story actually starts a long time ago, when she was only 2 years old.  At the time, she had tons of dolls and wanted to take them everywhere and was very pushy about it, but we never knew what doll she wanted so one winter morning when Daddy was working, I named all the dolls for Munchkin Girl.  She would hold it up and I would say, "That's Lulabelle!"  or "That's Daisy" or "That one is named Lucy!".  Munchkin has all the dolls from when I was a kid so I started running out of names and I was getting a little panicky.  It was like my brain froze up and I couldn't think of another name and she was excited and demanding more names.  I was flipping through my latest copy of People magazine and when she demanded the next name, I happened to be reading about Courtney Cox Arquette and how they were going through a divorce.  It mentioned that her daughter's name was Cocoa.  I thought, That's a cool name...."That doll is Cocoa!" I say.  I look up from my magazine, and she is holding a black doll.  Oh crap.  A black doll named Cocoa.  Could I BE any more insensitive or politically incorrect??  That's what I get for reading a magazine instead of focusing on my daughter.

Fast forward a year and half.  Every week Munchkin Girl becomes fixated on a new doll.  Two weeks ago it was Sarah.  Last week it was Lulabelle.  This week it's a doll that looks a lot like Cocoa.  Only we can't find Cocoa, she somehow got lost over the years.  I don't like this particular doll.  I keep trying to hide her and pretend that we can't find her.  I've considered taking scissors to her, but don't quite have the guts yet.  Why do I hate this doll so much?  Because Munchkin calls this doll, "White Cocoa."

I know.  I'm so mortified.  It does look like exactly like the original Cocoa, only with a different skin color.  I've tried to change the name to Lucy, Lily, Angela, anything but White Cocoa.  Unfortunately Munchkin is being very stubborn about this and not only does she refuse to change the name, but she carries her around in a basket and takes her everywhere we go.  To the store.  To Grandma's house.  And now to school. 

Yesterday she insisted on taking her to Show and Tell.  The only hope I have is that the teachers won't understand because they didn't know the original Cocoa.  I am hoping this particular obsession will die down soon and then I can hide White Cocoa forever.  In the trash.

PS *** A disclaimer***  I really hope no one is offended by this.  She doesn't know any better and I promise I won't read a magazine next time when we're naming dolls.  I blame all this on Courtney Cox Arquette.  What kind of name is Cocoa anyway?? 

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  1. I would hope no one would be so silly as to take offense to "White cocoa" I think it's funny!!! One of the best things about being a parent is having these funny moments with our kids!!! Cute Story :) I'm a new follower. I would love if you could check out my blog sometime :)


  2. LOL..I thought I had my hands full with my daughter! I would hope no one took offense to this post..I didn't..but then again it takes a lot to offend me. Nonetheless, I loved it especially the part about how Cocca came to be named and the coincidence was perfect and probably couldn't be scripted any better! I thought it was a great post, thanks for sharing!

    Newest follower from Lots of Lovin' Weekend Blog Hop. Have a great weekend!

  3. Newest GFC follower from Friday Blog Hop.

    Celebrities do name their children odd names don't they, too bad you weren't reading about 'blanket', 'apple' or Pilot Inspector Lee at the time, LOL ;)

    Don't make a big deal of it with her, and she will stop doing it. If she says something directly to someone that is hurtful then of course you correct her, but I somehow doubt that naming two dolls cocoa or white cocoa is going to offend her peers. It's going to rile up the adults and perhaps her teacher, but other kids, I doubt it. Children are not born with racial pre-conceptions, that comes in time from the adults they are exposes to.

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  4. Haha! Aren't kids fantastic!!! I love reading stories like these! :)

  5. Aloha,

    I am participating in the blog hop being hosted by J-Man and MillerBug and Howard House Reviews. I am a brand new follower. I followed you via Google Friend Connect. Could you please follow back via Google Friend Connect?

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  6. My younger sister had a favorite baby fir years. A black baby named "baby brown" so it could be worse :)

    Stopping by from top mommy blogs thanks for the laugh!!

  7. I don't get why that would be offensive. I don't know why someone would get offended over something a child says. To me children aren't racist, they can grow up to become that way, if they are properly educated or have bad influences. They don't understand race or culture.

    It's natural for them to say things, make comments or ask questions when they see someone, or a doll that looks different from themselves or the dolls they are use to seeing. I think we all probably said stuff when we were kids, out in public and embarrassed our parents, it happens.

    If a child is saying the N word or R word, it's not their fault, they are picking it up from someone and it may not necessarily be the parents or any of their family members. They could be picking it up from school or from friends or their friends parents.

    Some of the names or I should say a lot of the names celebrities come up with are just cruel, celebrities are the ones who are supposidly the biggest anti-bullying advocates and then they give their kids names like Pilot Inspector or Radio Science. They are setting their kids up man! And in a way they're bullying their kids themselves by naming them those awful names.

    For me and I really hope I don't offend anyone, Cocoa sounds a bit stripperish or porn starish or something you name a pet. I have a feeling Couteney Cox probably named her after Cocoa Chanel though, I could be wrong, but she seems to be one of the smarter people in Hollywood.

    Isn't it interesting how people confuse their pets with their kids and give their pets people names like Kaylee, Lucy, Lily, or Sadie and they name their kids pet names like Buddy, Honey Bear, or Shiloh?

    Anyway, that's my two cents. My name is Sarah, I'm hoppin by from Fun Friday. I am following via GFC. Please feel free to come visit my blog, I have my Holiday edition going on right now. I'd love to have you as a new friend and follower.

    Thanks and Happy Holidays and have Fun and Fabulous Friday!


  8. oh my goodness. Your daughter sounds like a riot! Totally not offensive- she is young. I found the whole story very cute!

  9. Hilarious!! I don't think black people would be offended because the doll is named after a white person's kid, but strippers everywhere may take up arms! Great post, I'm glad I found you on The Mommyhood's Top 5 Laughs.

    Have a great weekend!

  10. Visiting from Calle Mami's December your blog! Following on GFC and hope you will visit mine: and my author website:
    Thanks for sharing this funny sweet story...decades ago there was a show: Kids Say the Darndest Things...and they still do. :)

  11. Awesome Post! love these moments with our children! I am your newest follower from the mommyhood chronicles saturday blog hop.

  12. Poor mom! LOL
    Courteney Cox named her daughter Coco after her nickname Coco. The name comes from the first 2 letters of her name. COurteney COx.