Tuesday, June 8, 2010

De-villianing a Villian

What is in a name?  The age old question that has been asked time and time again.  Shakespear's Juliette declared that a rose by any other name would be as sweet, but L.M. Montgomery's Anne denied that by saying a rose called a skunk cabbage just wouldn't be the same.

Names are interesting things.  It is hard to picture someone with the name Jenny being a hardened criminal or calling a killer Johnny.  It just doesn't sit right.

And so, Keith solved the problem. 

The other day he was gifted a box of Star Wars toys that his Paca had collected over the years.  Needless to say, Keith was delighted.  He sleeps with his Storm Trooper who was lovingly named "Daddy."   They all make him happy.  But when he saw Darth Vader, it was love at first sight.

He excitedly pulled DV from the box, and showed him to me.

"Look Mommy!  It's Paca Old Guy!"

And that has been Darth Vader's name ever since.

He is the hero in all of Keith's stories and games.  I guess it is kind of hard to be a heartless villain with the name "Paca Old Guy."

He may be onto something.  Give Josef Stalin or Adolf Hitler a name like  Little Billy Jones and see if they can be as bad.  I wonder why no one thought of that before.

And that is how Keith proved the great Bard wrong.
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