Saturday, January 4, 2014
I Love My Fulk-ing Last Name
I have the kind of last name where, if you're an public school kid, you can't use my last name against me at school. Twice in my public school life, a kid tried to use it as a cuss word. The teacher got after them about it. So, all they could do was say, "Jennifer... FULK!!!"
Years later, I thought it wouldn't hurt if I, personally, tried it out in high school one day: "What the Fulk!?" "Fulk you!"
My history teacher told me not to. As he said it: "It sounds like the real thing."
The class cracked up. Who would've thought that a student's name would almost be illegal in schools?
Another funny story: ALSO in high school, picture retakes were going on throughout the day one fall. It was going by alphabetical order.
I just so happened to have a substitute teacher - in the same history class - that day. She was a spunky, funny young gal who was like a friend to the students, so everybody liked her.
Now, get this: I was the ONLY student in the classroom whose last name started with an F. The alphabetical list was going by F-a, F-e, etc. So, out of the blue - as we worked - the sub yelled out, F-U!
Then, a boy on the other side of the room called out, "WHO???"
The whole classroom erupted in laughter.
The sub: "FULK!!!"
I don't know whether my face got beet red more due to laughing so hard or from embarrassment, but I know that was the best thing that has ever happened centered around my name.
So, that's what it's like to be a Fulk.