To Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Baby, From One Named Blue To Another

Welcome to the world.

I am writing to give you my unsolicited two cents on what is like to live with the name Blue. As someone older who shares your name, I feel like I ought to tell you that it’s not easy being Blue. Clichés like the aforementioned will be thrown at you at constantly.

“Did your parents pluck your name out of the blue?” Someone once asked me accompanied by a grin and an imaginary pat on the back as if it were the cleverest pun in the world. Forget about looking glum even for a moment because someone will swoop in and ask, “Why so blue?”

I refuse to refer to you now as Baby Blue because this is yet another one of those monikers that will be associated with you even in your adulthood.

You will also find that there will be people who will treat your name as a punch line of sorts. “Blue, that’s a nice name. What’s your second name? Danube or Bayou?” just feign laughter and imagine wringing their necks until they turn blue.

Blue Ivy, the world is filled with wannabe comedians and pun-sters. so, be prepared. Don’t think for one second that because you are the offspring of the god and goddess of hip-hop and R&B that you will be spared the jokes. I imagine the producers of E! rushing to update their special program on weird baby names to include you alongside the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Apple, Brangelina’s Maddox and Shiloh, and Sylvester Stallone’s Sage Moonblood. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Jay Leno and David Letterman will deliver a joke or two about your name in the opening sketches of their late night shows.

I don’t see why they make a big deal out of these names, really. In the Philippines where I am from and in Hong Kong where I live most of the year, names like Ding Dong, Princess, Wing and Puzzle are as common as Jack and Jill.

But it’s not all a life of punch lines and clichés. Your name is ready made to become a brand. I have had people tell me that my own name would make for a nice lifestyle label. I imagine Blue Ivy as a line of pretty feminine dresses or luxe outdoor furniture pieces like Dedon.

Or you could, like Mommy Beyonce or Daddy Jay-Z, become an entertainer. with a name like yours, you don’t even have to come up with a stage name like Lady Gaga or Lil’ Kim. You are the real deal.

To Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Baby, From One Named Blue To Another


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