September 9, 2010

What’s up with all the peanuts?

When I first named this blog Anybody Want A Peanut?, Moe was just a few months old. I was a new mom with a young baby who was developing just as he was supposed to. I wrote some pieces here and there just to get my feet wet. I didn’t know at the time that this blog would turn into a blog about life with an autistic child, nor did I realize that I would be sharing it with so many people.

Most people, especially those who know me well, get the reference, but in case you don’t (gasp!), I chose the name of this blog from the famous rhyming scene in The Princess Bride. You remember: "No more rhymes now, I mean it!" "Anybody want a peanut?" It makes me smile just thinking about it. In case you either don’t know it (gasp!) or just want to watch it again, here it is:

The Princess Bride is my favorite movie. It is funny, romantic, clever, and I had a huge crush on Cary Elwes. Robin Wright is gorgeous in the movie. There’s really something for everyone. I’ve seen it countless times and have it pretty much memorized. I’m not one of those people who can quote lines from a lot of movies, but this movie has a special place in my heart. My brother loved it too, and I’m sure that is part of it.

If I were starting this blog today, I’d probably name it something a little more descriptive of its contents. And even if I stayed with The Princess Bride theme, I would choose different nicknames for the kids: Jelly should clearly be Buttercup and Moe could be the Dread Pirate Roberts. But I think it’s too late to change everything now.

Also, I feel compelled to add that even though “peanut” is a cute nickname for a kid, I don’t want anyone to think that I’m actually trying to give away one of my peanuts. I’m quite fond of them.


  1. LOL! I never thought the title could imply you wanting to give away your kids! That's too funny! I must admit, I didn't realize it was a Princess Bride movie! I've only seen it twice, both times a long time ago! The first time I watched it, I couldn't get past how much Robin Wright looked like a Robin Wright I knew in junior high. I think halfway through the movie, I decided it WAS the same Robin I knew in junior high! LOL

  2. I got the title of your blog right away, and it actually made me start reading! We love The Princess Bride over here. I think it's a great name because it's relatable to so many people. I never got the 'give away your kids' reference either.

  3. Hah! I hadn't caught the Princess Bride reference. I thought it was an oblique reference to peanut allergies and the "fact" that having a peanut anywhere in the house poses a mortal danger to any kid under five years of age. But that just goes to show how my mind works....

    We quote The Princess Bride all the time at work. "Inconceivable!"


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