Just too good not to share

I got this email through my website today, from a reader of this blog. It made me laugh quite a lot. But that's probably just because I am evil:

Dear Sally,

I just want to know why you have obviously committed your daughter to a miserable childhood/adolesence by giving her such a ridiculously vindictive name, Flea? I just cannot grasp how you can be such a bloody selfish mother? I presume you are intelligent enough to realise the consequences of your actions and wonder why you have subjected an innocent, lovely little girl to your warped ego or fucked up outlook on life or whatever caused you to name her as you did…  This is one of the most evil and vindictive things I have seen from an otherwise aware and intelligent mother. Do you think you can make a point by using a little girl to experiment on?

I actually feel physically sick thinking about what your girl is going to have to grow up with and how much she will fail to understand why you have given her such a horrible name. You should be ashamed of yourself Sally. I guess you will bury your messed up head in the sand rather than confront this truthfuul email.

A very !  sickened and upset me.


Dear Ben,

It's a nickname.




Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Sarah
    3rd March 2010 / 3:14 pm


  2. Grace London
    3rd March 2010 / 3:16 pm

    That’s brilliant. Just utterly, utterly brilliant.

  3. 3rd March 2010 / 3:17 pm

    Good to see that Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells is alive and well…

  4. Patrick
    3rd March 2010 / 3:22 pm

    Dear Ben
    Stop being an arse.
    The rest of the world

  5. 3rd March 2010 / 3:26 pm

    this is unbelieveable!! but very funny at the same time lol!

  6. 3rd March 2010 / 3:37 pm

    It’s a nickname? Gutted. I thought it was a wonderful, original, slightly ironic postmodern kind of name.
    Sam’s real name is Horsefly. You inspired me…
    FFS Ben – I really hope you were joking.

  7. 3rd March 2010 / 3:44 pm

    oh Ben, oh Ben, oh Ben.
    Flippin brilliant! You’ve got to love Ben, even he is an arse!

  8. Aly
    3rd March 2010 / 3:56 pm

    I’m sooo stupid! I actually thought the same.I have noticed other bloggers have kids with odd names.*palm face*

  9. 3rd March 2010 / 4:00 pm

    I think he may be one of the regular commentators on the Daily Mail website. If you even want to pass an amusing five minutes just read some of those comments – they are priceless and completely barmy.
    By the way, any folow up correspondence from the lovely Ben?

  10. Alice
    3rd March 2010 / 4:08 pm

    Hahaha, this is wonderful!

  11. 3rd March 2010 / 4:36 pm

    What a c*ck! Love your reply 🙂

  12. Lindsey Collumbell
    3rd March 2010 / 4:39 pm

    My Dad used to call me Fleabag – in a very endearing way, might I add. Did absolutely nothing to damage my self-esteem, of which I have enough to get me through life in a positive way. It is the way in which the name is used that makes a difference. He occasionally refers to me as Fleabag even now, and even at the grand old age of 41 it still makes me smile 🙂

  13. 3rd March 2010 / 5:01 pm

    The funniest thing I’ve heard in ages, brilliant.
    What a prat!

  14. 3rd March 2010 / 6:37 pm

    oh dear god – there really are some plonkers out there. god response!

  15. 3rd March 2010 / 6:46 pm

    Oh my! Really? Oh. No. Did he really? Well I think it would be a great name… plus it suits Flea. I mean if you had called her Flea as a real name rather than a nickname.
    Think I shall go and tell Top Ender that I am from now on going to call her poop.

  16. 3rd March 2010 / 6:53 pm

    Lol, your reply was what truly cracked me up! Such a shame we can’t see his face when he reads it!

  17. 3rd March 2010 / 7:09 pm

    Oh my – that email is too funny! Poor old Ben, I hope his knickers are twist resistant…

  18. 3rd March 2010 / 7:21 pm

    Being called Flea didn’t do the dude from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers any harm.
    Poor Ben, maybe a hobby is in order?

  19. gigi (MUMSROCK)
    3rd March 2010 / 7:22 pm

    Man alive. But then if you had had to change your name from Idiot with nothing better to do than email strangers with totally misguided accusations (*breathes*)you might be that uptight too. Or was he called Sue (like Johnny Cash song)…But anyway, like……duh!

  20. mummylimited
    3rd March 2010 / 7:23 pm

    so funny. Presumably he will bury his head in the sand and not reply to your very funny reply.

  21. 3rd March 2010 / 7:58 pm

    What an email!
    HAve to say, love your response, straight to the point – instead of burying “your messed up head in the sand”

  22. Liz (LivingwithKids)
    3rd March 2010 / 8:20 pm

    I’m actually astonished, and I don’t mean in an outraged from tunbridge wells kind of way. Who the f*** is this Ben? Ben, if you’re reading these comments, there’s a bunch of fives here with your name on them. *OOOF*

  23. Stefanie
    3rd March 2010 / 8:23 pm

    That is hilarious and has cheered me up no end. Brilliant, thanks for sharing!

  24. Hayley
    3rd March 2010 / 8:46 pm

    Im so dissapointed that thats not her name! May I email and complain!
    Some people! Wow!

  25. Nikki
    3rd March 2010 / 9:00 pm

    I always assumed it was a nickname but also because it actually protects the identity of your daughter from people like Ben i.e. internet weirdos/knobs.
    What planet is he from?

  26. 3rd March 2010 / 9:18 pm

    Thank you so much for making me smile, keep em coming Ben, I need all the cheer I can get at the moment

  27. 3rd March 2010 / 9:40 pm

    Ben is a comedy genius!

  28. 3rd March 2010 / 9:46 pm

    Poor Ben, he probably got teased all his life for his name and is on a mission to make sure nobody else does. Makes you wonder if he picked up on other children’s names in the blogosphere… I can see an email heading my way.

  29. 3rd March 2010 / 10:09 pm

    How funny is that, can’t believe he sent that to you. But love your reply so to the point how funny.

  30. muummmmeeeeee......
    3rd March 2010 / 10:43 pm

    That is too, too funny! What a total plonker…

  31. Manda - Flying Start Mag
    3rd March 2010 / 10:47 pm

    My neighbour’s niece is called Flea too… well Flea Bag actually, but Flea for short!

  32. 3rd March 2010 / 10:57 pm

    Ahhh this was a good way to end the day. Thank you.
    Do you know why I reckon ‘Ben’ was so outraged?
    It’s cause his parents ACTUALLY christened him Benighted.
    You touched a nerve there Sally with your ‘outrageous’ name, the poor ignorant, benighted fool….

  33. Christian
    4th March 2010 / 9:39 am

    “This is one of the most evil and vindictive things I have seen”
    Dear Ben,
    Have some perspective.

  34. 4th March 2010 / 9:43 am

    This is so funny, have you had an e mail back from Ben yet….

  35. Robyn Slingsby
    4th March 2010 / 10:01 am

    Brilliant! There are plenty of worse things you could do to your child than refer to them by a nickname. Ben, go and get yourself a life mate.

  36. 4th March 2010 / 11:50 am

    Dear Ben
    You are a knob.
    ps. I call my baby fathead (thanks to her aunty @mummytips). I look forward to hearing from you.

  37. 4th March 2010 / 12:03 pm

    I cant believe he actually thought it was her real name! But if it was , what’s it to do with him!
    Silly , silly man!

  38. 4th March 2010 / 12:04 pm

    I loved this – I do hope it was a joke on Ben’s part
    poor Ben, and to be called a prat <- for some reason that made me laugh loudest!! I call my DD (darling daughter) Picallily. 😉

  39. 4th March 2010 / 12:08 pm

    Dear Mr Dover
    do not take out your pain in life due to your hilarious name on others.
    That is all
    Tattooed Mummy

  40. S.
    4th March 2010 / 12:17 pm

    Erm, I think you’re all being a bit tough on Ben. When I read that I assumed he was a child himself. A young teen. And therefore probably a bit sensitive about these things.
    Or, maybe he is a grown up and therefore a nutter. Although for a teen or a nutter it was very well written.
    Anyway, either way, I felt a bit sorry for him. I guess his heart was in the right place, for Flea, if he really did think you’d called her that. ‘Blood sucking parasite’ is a bit harsh if taken literally, tho, being a big Chilis fan, I think it’s cool. (His real name is Michael Balzary, by the way, since I’m in a pedantic mood.)

  41. 4th March 2010 / 4:02 pm

    Ben obviously takes a very keen interest in Flea’s wellbeing. How kind.
    (What an idiot.)

  42. 4th March 2010 / 5:47 pm

    I think you should have replied “it’s pronounced ‘Flee-ya’ and is an ancient Mexican word meaning ‘Goddess of the Sun in our Lives’. How could anyone not love being called by a name like that?”
    Love Josie’s suggestion that Ben is short for Benighted!

  43. angelsandurchinsblog
    4th March 2010 / 7:14 pm

    Maybe he was actually christened beezlebub? Or Derek.

  44. 4th March 2010 / 7:53 pm

    It could only have been said by a man…

  45. MrsW
    4th March 2010 / 9:36 pm

    O.M.G. What a nob! His surname’s prolly Dover and he’s had a hard life..ba-boom!

  46. 4th March 2010 / 10:38 pm

    Bloody hell fire, that’s shocking. I must quickly point out (in case idiot Ben is reading) that IJ is not my daughter’s name. It is also a nickname!

  47. 5th March 2010 / 8:16 am

    This MUST be a piss-take. It’s just got to be. Ben? Can we get confirmation of this?
    Bemused in London

  48. 5th March 2010 / 9:23 am

    Pmsl, i’m thinking Ben is a name he has given himself and he actually has a real dreadful name that he has had to grow up with.
    B x

  49. cjwarnock
    5th March 2010 / 9:36 am

    Dear Ben’s mum and dad,
    Please call him chuffsmoke from now on. He needs the perspective. Ta

  50. Carly
    5th March 2010 / 11:18 am

    haha Sally your response to him was just pure genius 🙂
    Must admit I thought perhaps it was her real name and pronounced fle-a. I never even made the connection to the insect *blush*

  51. Anthony
    5th March 2010 / 4:11 pm

    Haha brilliant.

  52. 5th March 2010 / 5:50 pm

    Just read this – what a load of arse. That’s so funny that you posted it!

  53. Jennifer
    8th March 2010 / 1:51 pm

    Oh Sally – I loved those pictures of Flea, and I think that’s the sweetest nickname I’ve ever heard! x

  54. 19th March 2010 / 10:35 pm

    What an arse! I thought he was joking at first….I love your response.