My daughter’s name is Becky — well, Rebekah. I insisted that she be called Rebekah when she was born. I dodn’t want anyone to call her Becky or Becca. You can see where that got me. Even I call her Becky now. But I was staunch on the Becca thing. For some reason, I don’t like that nickname. Maybe it’s because when I see it I always think of Chewbacca (Becca is too close to the “bacca” part of Chewbacca).
Sometimes I look at my daughter and I am totally amazed at what an awesome human being she is. I don’t mean that in a critical way; I mean I can’t believe how a couple of dingbats like Jim and I managed to successfully parent a child! She has just the right amount of humility and the right amount of self-confidence. She got good grades all through elementary and high school, and now she’s getting good grades in college. She’s involved with a great deal of philanthropy through her sorority, in which she has a leadership position. She has a small group of trusted friends and a huge appreciation for family. She’s also got a great deal of empathy, which is very difficult to teach; it really just needs to come from within.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my daughter. I can’t wait to see the kind of adult she becomes. I know she will be successful. She’s never been the kind of person where everything comes easy to her; she’s always had to work to get good. And she’s got a good work ethic and she’s pretty tenacious. With those qualities, my Becky Boo is going to make me proud!