Will Vampires Doom My Future Babies?
- Not a Twi-hard
The paranormal romance saga Twilight has set new records for media-induced baby name anxiety. Author Stephenie Meyer managed to inject a dose of vampire venom into a lot of stylish choices. Your favorites, Esme and Jasper, were cutting-edge cool before they joined the undead. Is that edge forever blunted? Are siblings with those names doomed to a lifetime of vampire jokes?
You're not the first mom-to-be to worry about this, but you are one of the luckiest. You have the ability to see into the future. Here's how: wait until you're actually pregnant, and you'll know exactly how the names come across to people seven years from now!
I don't mean to make light of your concerns. I know as well as anybody how a baby name can grab hold of your heart and take center stage in your life's dreams. I'm just pointing out that time is on your side.
Seven years is an eon in the pop-culture attention cycle, and a pretty significant chunk of time for modern baby name trends, too. You could wrench your affections away from Esme and Jasper today and attach them to, say, Juniper and Leif, only to find yourself smack in the middle of a new hot film series by the time your babies are born.
What's more, you will change in the next seven years, in ways you can't even imagine today. In fact, the length of time makes me wonder whether you yet know the partner you'll be having these children with. (Partners do get a say, I'm afraid. Occasionally they even have good ideas.)
For now, feel free to love your first-choice names unreservedly. Give the Twilight craze a chance to blow over, and your life a chance to catch up with your dreams. Seven years from now the Esme-Jasper landscape will probably be much clearer -- and if not, get back to me and we'll find another perfect pair of names to speak to your heart.