This blog has nothing to do with eye prostheses, or with people named Grady, except for my cousin Grady, who did have a glass eye and is the inspiration for the title of this blog.
You see, Grady's cooking was legendary in the hills of northeastern Alabama. He could fry a pie like nobody's business and he made the best buttermilk biscuits a beer can ever cut. Eventually, he decided to open a restaurant. He couldn't come up with a good name for the restaurant, so he solicited suggestions.
I excitedly offered, "Glass-Eyed Grady's! Isn't that cool?" I knew in my twelve year-old heart that it should be the name of my cousin's restaurant. It was so clever and it just felt right! It was pure genius and I was so proud of myself!
"Glass-Eyed Grady's? That's a stupid name!" was the response I got from everyone who heard it.
He picked "Jennie Lou's", after his girlfriend.
"Jennie Lou's"? Are you kidding me? Talk about a stupid name! Why would anyone choose "Jennie Lou's" over "Glass-Eyed Grady's"? I couldn't understand it then, and I can't understand it now. What about the originality of my name? Or the alliteration? And don't forget the imagery! Sadly, the brilliance of "Glass-Eyed Grady's" was lost on them.
As it has been lost on so many since then.
"I'm starting a business. What should I name it?"
Me: "How 'bout 'Glass-Eyed Grady's' ? That 's such a cool name!"
"We have to come up with a name for the office newsletter."
Me: "We should name it 'Glass-Eyed Grady's'. I love that name!"
"I wrote this paper for my class, but I can't come up with a title for it."
Me: "I know! 'Glass-Eyed Grady's' is perfect!"
No, no, and no.
Well, the heck with all of you! I finally have something to name, and you all lost out on the best name ever.