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  • Writer's pictureSarahHauer


You all are going to think I am weird, but, have you ever given a name to something that isn't alive? I have. Many times. Usually, a car. My current vehicle is named Blue. Cause it's blue. You'd think I'd b

e more original. But Blue seems to fit it well.

There is a term for this. It's called anthropomorphization. It's giving human names or human characteristics to inanimate objects. Granted, Blue is more a color than a human name other than the world of celebrities, but this still fits because I also talk to Blue when driving her like she understands me.

I think giving Blue a name helps me be more conscientious about taking care of her in the hopes that she will take better care of me. In fact, she has already failed me once shortly after getting her. She still wasn't aptly named as of yet when she decided to run out of gas in the middle of a desert, deserted highway. Yes, both deserted and in the desert. No one around. We were out there for hours trying to get a tow truck.

Of course, you could lay the blame on me, the human, for not watching the gage close enough and allowing Blue to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere. I take some of the blame. But not all. After all. The State of Nevada was the one who didn't put up adequate signs that due to a road closure I was no longer heading in the direction I believed I was heading. And, someone else was driving while I took a nap. I was the one who supposedly knew the route. When a patrol officer finally came along, he informed me we were not the only casualties of the road closure to end up out there.

Still, Blue could have done better. We were only 15 miles from a gas station. 15. She couldn't do 15 more miles.

I decided not to get angry. Instead, I decided to be nice and give Blue the benefit of the doubt. After all, I'm sure she didn't enjoy the time sitting out there in no man's land any more than I did. I decided to reserve judgment and show her affection. I gave her a name. I haven't had a problem with her since.

Can't say that about my daughter. She and Blue did have a bit of an altercation with a driveway gate at a friend's place. The gate won. I made sure Blue was well taken care of at the collision center.

Pretty soon, it will be time for her first oil change. If she can take the SoCal heat, she deserves special treatment.

So, go ahead and name that inanimate object you love so much. There's nothing wrong with that. If you think this is the weirdest thing you have ever read from me, you have a lot of reading to do.

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