What's your name

May 11, 2018 ยท 5 minute read

"Hey!" The pink lipped girl waved and reached up to him.

She was smiling in cheery anticipation but the disposition dimmed when she met his eyes.


"How are you doing?" She felt a tingle of victory in her ability to keep the upbeat tone contrary to the icy response.



"How am I doing... was it not your question?"

"No that's not... I meant, how. are. you?" Again, she shook of the annoyance, simply and spaced her words like one should in responding to silliness and declaring her determination.


She had to subvert the instinctive reaction but a thin crease wrinkled on her nose.

"I'm sorry but I don't think we have been introduced."

"Rest easy as such actions are easily forgivable."


He didn't say anything, instead focusing on the corner of a window and following his glance, she saw a spider weaving it's web.

"What's you name then?"

"Man001 and yours?"

"What the... what kind of name is that?"

"The kind that can keep the preconceived notions away for a little while longer."

"What are you talking about?"

"Names are a pointless distraction."

"How is that?"

"Let's suppose you haven't asked my name."


"For the heck of it."

"Okay. Then what?"

"Then this conversation would continue to proceed with similar results."

"You don't know that."

"I do know quite a lot; this being amongst those things."

"But don't you think that names are important?"

"Are they?"

"Sure. I know a lot of people who wouldn't be what they are if the didn't have the name. Especially some of my friends; I cannot imagine them having a different name."

"So we're skipping the preamble of introduction and directly jumping to admittance of lack of personal imagination?"

"What? No! You are just twisting words."

"Any untwisted word would be a straight line and thus unqualified of conveying any meaning whatsoever."

She sighed. "Listen, you really don't think names are important?"

"They can be. Just as much as you let them."

"But they are."

"Replace the previous response."

"You know what, I bet you have a really nerdy name. That's why you are not disclosing it."

"Nerdier than what I told you?"

She paused than smiled "Touche. But still, names have a big affect on our lives. For instance, my best friend; her name is Tiffany and she is just so much like a Tiffany. The kind of shoes, bag and even the make up. All her boyfriends have been douchebags but she just can't help it."

"Sure. And I have a circular circle and it is so round."

"You really don't know what I mean? Names having affect on how we behave?"

"I am aware of it but it's an optional trait. Like a dress."

"What is?"

"Wearing one's name."

"I don't get it."

"How would you like it explained. Do you prefer a tree analogy or a car analogy?"

"You are so weird."

"I can see that."

"You admit of being weird? Dude that is so funny."

"I admit of you seeing me as weird."

"What's the difference?"

"Do you think jellyfish is weird?"

"Yeah. I love them though."

"I will note your personal preference. But to the point, jellyfish has been living on earth long before a human walked it's shore."


"So weirdness is a highly personal observation. What appear weird to you might simply be the norm on a larger scale."

"Are you saying that you are normal?"

"On a universal scale, yes."

"That makes no sense."

"An ant living in a hole also makes no sense. Yet they do spend their lives carrying twice the amount of their own weight."

"We were talking about names."

"And you were about to express your preferred analogy choice."

"Argh. Fine. Tree."

"Have you climbed a tree?"

"When I was little, sure."

"Did you enjoy it?"

"Yeah I guess. You know what? There used to be a tree in our backyard then. I used to sit on a branch and read for hours."

"What happened to the tree?"

"They cut it down when I moved out."

"Did you ever fall off?"

"Oh so many times. But I never told anyone. I thought if they knew, they wouldn't let me climb."

"So you aren't afraid of falling off of trees?"

"What? no. Why would I be afraid of trees? There are so many."

"Most people are afraid of space even when it's everywhere."

"Point being?"

"Abundance of an object or lack of one in this case, has very little affect on one's fears. Which are universally irrational to begin with."

"Wow. Thank you Professor..."

He was looking at the spider web again and she knew no response would come.

She wanted to tell him to go to hell but felt that this would be some form of defeat. Besides, her specialty was dealing with difficult people and this seemed like good exercise.

"Fine. I'm not afraid of trees and of falling. So what?"

"Names are a similar accident. You never had any say choice in being named so why bother letting it be important?"

"So you would rather not have a name?""

"I have no choice in the matter."

"But if you were to have a choice..."

"I have never thought about it."

"That's rich, after such a lecture..."

"What lecture?"

"About the names..."

"It is just a conversation. Nothing would have changed, had you not given the name such importance."

"So you did. But don't you think it already had an affect on this conversation?"

"The lack of you knowing it? Sure though I would argue that it made the conversation more interesting, not less. Even managed to hop over the question about family and friends."

"Sure. But you still haven't told me though."

"And I don't intend to."


"Because an accident should never be important or knowing the affect of one. I gave you a placeholder as to not let the flow of the conversation be affected."

"Man001..." She repeated

"At your service." He bowed.

"You are impossible!"