The Meaning Behind the Name

The other night I was reading Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to my daughter.  As the book was introducing the seven dwarfs to us, I began asking M what characteristics the dwarfs had as described by their names.  "This one is named Sleepy", I would say, "Why do you think that is?"  M would answer, "Because he is tired."  We went through the most obvious names such as Grumpy, Happy and Sneezy.  Then we came upon Bashful, Dopey and Doc.  I shared with M what bashful meant and we had a grand time acting bashful.  According to M, Dopey "trips over his feet alot."  I thought that was rather insightful for a three year old.  My favorite though, is Doc.  According to M, Doc is aptly named because "he stands on docks alot."

What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet. 
~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


  1. Kim,
    I just love what comes out of the mouths of little ones. They can be so insightful!
    Sweet story.


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