Feeling blah today!

@sol_cee (15530)
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
September 5, 2017 11:00pm CST
I gave birth at a public hospital twice. It’s government-owned hence you go home afterwards with a zero-balance statement of account if you have the necessary documents and everything. That’s the most important thing. It’s government-owned hence you don’t expect endearing hospital staff and the best quality service.That’s a bonus.If you get one, you’re lucky. If not, then so be it. It’s just how it works in my country and people get by. It was Day 2 of my second childbirth and I was standing in a long line of harried-looking mothers (and fathers), waiting for the government guys to process our child’s birth registration. A young lady in front of me, with her undone hair and pale face, was teary eyed while talking to the government staff. She wanted to name her baby, Tergent, saying it’s a special name with a special meaning for her and her husband, but the government staff laughed at her saying, ‘As in DeTERGENT? Who would name their baby after a soap or something?’ And the other government staff laughed with him while adding more inappropriate jokes. I felt bad for Tergent’s mom, ridiculed by educated people who would have assisted her in a less embarrassing way. I stopped eavesdropping and zoned out. Human beings. I don’t know if Tergent became Tergent. Or if the government guy succeeded in renaming him, shaping his future. I finished my son’s birth registration quickly, glaring at the person-in-charge for his tasteless humor and looked at the long line of harried-looking mothers (and fathers) about to be devoured by the government’s very own insolent sharks. PS. I warned you. I'm feeling blah today.
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@hereandthere (31159)
• Philippines
6 Sep
i know we have that habit of joining the names of parents to name a child to make it symbolic or unique (i had an officemate whose name was a combination of syllables from her mother's and aunts' names), but really they should have kept their opinions to themselves. it's not their problem. they're just processors, so just do their job.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
Power-trippers?
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• Philippines
6 Sep
@sol_cee they're everywhere
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
@hereandthere do you have any experience Hereandthere-san?
@deazil (4556)
• United States
6 Sep
Terrible that they're allowed to treat someone like that, particularly a young woman in her situation. But I like the way you handle it. Your attitude seems to sustain you. Well written account of an unfortunate incident. Tomorrow's another day. I hope you feel better by then.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
Thank you for reading my long discussion. 'Appreciate it. ;)
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@deazil (4556)
• United States
6 Sep
@sol_cee You're welcome. I enjoyed reading it. Even an unpleasant experience, when well-written, is enjoyable to read.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
@deazil Why don't you write one?
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@ridingbet (53159)
• Philippines
6 Sep
suddenly, i remembered when i was the godparent of our neighbor who is also born the same date as mine. she is Jennifer. when we were in the church for her christening, a couple told the officiating priest that the name of their son is STARSKY (from Starsky and Hutch). [is my spelling correct?] the priest asked the name 3 times, but when he finally leaned about the name, the priest said,"Starsky, Starsky, Pedro na lang!" we all laughed, and the poor parents blushed. from Starsky to Pedro.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
Silly priest. But seriously, was your godson's name changed to Pedro?
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@ridingbet (53159)
• Philippines
9 Sep
@sol_cee no, because he is not a godson but a god daughter. she is Jennifer.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
9 Sep
"Merry Christmas,ninang.," Jennifer said. ;)
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@paigea (22199)
• Canada
6 Sep
Rude annoying people. I hope the woman got to keep the name she wanted
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
Long time no see Paigea-san.
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@paigea (22199)
• Canada
6 Sep
@sol_cee I am around now and then!
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
7 Sep
@paigea yeah but I just bumped into you now. ;)
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
6 Sep
It was wrong on the part of Government hospital staff to make fun of that lady regarding name of her child. They should not have indulged in this kind of behavior. P.S. - Your post reveals that you are mother of two kids. I did not know it. I thought that you are a single woman. (Don't laugh please).
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
Deepak-san, I am very much married. ;)
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@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
6 Sep
@sol_cee You are not married but you are very much married, fine enough. Thanks for updating me. I have another doubt - Is your post about a Japanese Government Hospital?
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
@dpk262006 certainly not Japan. :)
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@YrNemo (12668)
7 Sep
Congrats to the arrival of your second boy. And here I thought you were busy in some expensive restaurant in Tokyo.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
7 Sep
Waiting for the Collin Farrells of the world? lol
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@YrNemo (12668)
7 Sep
@sol_cee How was the birthing, easy? (how many hours? weight? your mom takes care of the little one right now so that you can sleep?)
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
7 Sep
@YrNemo the little one is seven years old now Darcy-san. ;)
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@peachpurple (12875)
• Malaysia
6 Sep
Yeah, those uncultured people should be smacked at the bums. They are way so rude
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
Smacking them at the bum sounds like a good idea. ;)
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@peachpurple (12875)
• Malaysia
6 Sep
@sol_cee yeah, get a fly beater!
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
@peachpurple haha good idea!
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@DianneN (78468)
• United States
8 Sep
I think those remarks were rude and uncalled for, but I had a chuckle at Tergent's expense. Parents should really give a long think about the name they choose for their offspring.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
11 Jul
I love making baby names. Among my friends, Sophia and Nicole are the winners for girls and Seth and Nigel for boys. Like there are always two Sophias and three Seths. hehe
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@DianneN (78468)
• United States
12 Jul
@sol_cee Those are all nice names. Many names are so common that you see them all over the place. If they are nice names. I don't mind.
@just4him (117213)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Sep
That is terrible! Just because it's a government hospital doesn't give people the right to ridicule a person's choice for a name of their child.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
11 Jul
It is indeed terrible but unfortunately it still happens...
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@just4him (117213)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jul
@sol_cee I'd fight for the name of my child.
@LadyDuck (157737)
• Switzerland
6 Sep
How very rude of them to take fun of this mother. This is not what you expect from Government workers. At least I surely would not expect this in Switzerland or in Japan, even if I would find this very normal in Italy.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
7 Sep
Unfortunately it is ingrained in the system.
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@LadyDuck (157737)
• Switzerland
7 Sep
@sol_cee This is so sad, all public officers should respect the population, they are paid with the money collected from the people who pay taxed, they should remind this little detail.
@shaggin (36846)
• United States
6 Sep
Wow that is terrible. I think it is so rude how everyone has to but their two cents in on things like these people with their opinions on what the woman wanted to name her own child!
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
7 Sep
You feel me. I feel you Shaggin-san.
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@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
6 Sep
How very rude of the government staff! hmmm...insolent sharks, well described! I hope you're feeling less blah by now, Sol.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
11 Jul
When I wrote this one, I was really upset. But not now. hehe
@responsiveme (16329)
• India
6 Sep
I understand what you mean by govt institutions... People are not usually polite. But twice recently was pleasantly surprised when I went to govt hospital and found people responding pleasantly. Same with banks etc. For me though things are good because with the long years of teaching have got students mostly everywhere in town Hope you feel blah free soon. Sending you some dark chocolate virtually. Wish they were real though
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
7 Sep
Wow.. It means your students before have the chance to be of service to you. ;)
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• Philippines
6 Sep
Some people today were actually named after food! and it went well because they have successful careers after. They should have continued naming him Tergent. WHO THE HELL CARES what that Staff just said, just get on with the registration anyway.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
11 Jul
True but you know how government officials are. They tend to insist that they are right, right?
• Nairobi, Kenya
6 Sep
The government staff were so childish. They should have joked about it after she left but Tergent is a nice name.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
11 Jul
Childish and borderline inappropriate and rude and list could go on and on.
@andriaperry (50911)
• United States
6 Sep
I am sorry you do not feel well today. That was a terrible story, what they did to that poor woman,
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
11 Jul
I wonder if they changed their system.
@m_audrey6788 (13622)
• Germany
6 Sep
Well..I don`t think it`s a "BLAH" but I guess, We can`t avoid people who don`t mind others reactions would be when they express their feelings about something..I usually, stay far away and not mingle with people with such behavior
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
What is BLAH for you?
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• Germany
6 Sep
@sol_cee ..Well.."BLAH" is nothing for me and no reason at all!
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
7 Sep
@m_audrey6788 I'm feeling blah. ;)
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@JustBhem (37405)
• Davao, Philippines
6 Sep
One time, I also went to a government office to have a copy of my Birth certificate. I wrote my name in a piece of paper and when it's my turn. The officer in charge read my name loudly and she was laughing when she read it. Then I asked her why laughed, her reason was it sound like Satur - the other guy in the news. I corrected her on how to pronounce my name. And before I live, I told her this, the next time be professional because not all the time it's about humiliating people. You work in the government and you might end up nowhere.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
6 Sep
Who's that other guy on the news?
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@JustBhem (37405)
• Davao, Philippines
6 Sep
@sol_cee Satur Ocampo? Have you heard of him?
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
7 Sep
@JustBhem Diether Ocampo's father? ;) I have no idea really.
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@FayeHazel (18027)
• United States
6 Sep
Oh wow. That is nice that there is a zero balance and all, but too bad it cant be a little more accommodating at the same time. That's too bad for Tergent - I think it's a cool name, unique. I hope that the man didn't convince them to change it. Yes. Some people indeed. I hope you're feeling better.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
11 Jul
It's like you can't have good service at a low price. How sad.
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@FayeHazel (18027)
• United States
12 Jul
@sol_cee In health care that is shocking. Price shouldn't matter in how you are treated for health
@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
11 Sep
Why not just name the baby Ariel or Perla if it was a girl lol! I am just kidding.
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@sol_cee (15530)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
10 Jul
Haha that’s funny.
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