Aw, Ah git s’much hell fer givin’ ‘em real’ silly names. *Grins her way into a laugh* Arden an’ Maybel don’t have any special meanin’ - Ah read uhlot when Ah wus pregnant an’ awl them smutty romance novels have real’ dramatic names, so when Ah was pagin’ through sum baby books th’more ridiculous names stood out more.
Now, when Ah wus pregnant with Ellis, mah parents kept me home mostuh th’time an’ Ah read uhlot then, too. Ah got this real’ big book uh local history at th’library, an’ ‘bout halfway through Ah wus readin’ ‘bout Ellis Square; s’where they held slave auctions in th’early 1800s. Ah had jus’ had th’thought uh Ellis bein’ awful too pretty of uh name fer uh place like thah when he kicked me fer th’firs’ time. Ah wus young, an’ Ah took it as uh sign he wanted tuh make thah name mean summin better.
Mah Dad wus real’ hell-bent awn ‘im bein’ named Daniel, awn accountuh awl th’men awn his side uh th’family’re either named Daniel ‘er they got it fer uh middle name. Ah went ahead an’ let ‘im take it as his middle but there weren’t no way in hell thah sonofuhbitch wus gonnuh take mah son’s firs’ name away from me.