Photo by Jeanne SagerNaming her son Chase Michael has earned my friend her fair share of ribbing -- that's what happens when you give your child a verb as a moniker.
But about to turn 6, I can't imagine Chase being anyone but, well, Chase.
So I asked his mom, Tara, for a little insight on why she picked the name.
"I thought of the bank, and then money," she wisecracked. Then she turned serious.
"I wanted a name that you couldn't shorten, that was a little different and not Coy (like his father wanted to name him)," she explained.
"When I was looking up names Chase just jumped out at me, and I just kept going back to it. I think it really fits him."
A funny little boy -- and one of my daughter's favorite playmates -- she's right, and not just because he's rambunctious and she has to chase him around the backyard!
Chase means huntsman or hunter, and with his boundless imagination, I guess you could say he's always hunting for the next adventure.
It's enjoyed a significant hike in popularity in the last few years -- among CafeMoms alone it ranks at number 97.
Do you know any Chases? Does the name fit?