May 14, 2009

What's In A Name?

I’ve always liked my name. I’ve never wanted to change it. My family’s naming structure is strange but simple. All of our first names have three syllables (this was important to my dad, but who knows why). Our middle names are after family members. I was named after my Great Aunt Rose (anyone who pulls that name off has to be cool).

Today one of my visitors had the same name as me. I didn’t like it. I felt intimidated and scrutinized. Apparently a big selling point of my name is how few Katrinas I run into. I don't feel (or want) a connection to them and cringe at the thought of having a common name. My name plummeted after the Hurricane and that's a plus.

One night I was at the bar with two James. They liked having the same name. Guess what guys, that’s why you have nicknames and I don't. People try to give me nicknames because they're lazy, but it never sticks. When I started working, they wanted to call me Katie. It was simply to avoid learning a new name. It didn't last long.

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