Thursday, December 11, 2008

Finally...I'm Famous!!!

My whole life my name has been misspelled, mispronounced, and rather maligned altogether. I grew up with a little bit of a complex that I could never find anything personalized with my name. I would obsessively check every keychain, mini license plate, and necklace rack wherever I went in hopes that somehow instead of the racks filled with Heather, Jennifer, Lisa, and Kimberly merchandise I would magically find that some buyer had happened to order the 786th most popular name that week instead.

Alas my secret wish has never come true, but it's okay. I'm totally over that.

Do I still check those racks now and then just in case? Uh, of course...and I fully admit that I would still totally buy whatever it was I found, even a shot glass, just to satisfy my life-long desire.

However, I did feel a little smack of satisfaction this week, when I did find my name in print...right with the name Kim.

Never mind that it was on a 2nd grade math worksheet. I'll take what I can get.


Pete said...

I am so happy for you Laura!

Steve said...

I can't tell you how many times that I have searched souvenir shops and airport stores in far-away places in vain trying to find something imprinted "Lara" or "Kristina" or "AnnaLisa". Oh sure I could always find the occasional "Laura" or "Christina" or "Anna" or "Lisa" (separately).

Of course the boys were easy, along with Aitcher.

Oh yeah, Rosanna was always a no-show as well.

Sorry we saddled you with such a difficult name Gertrude.

Love, Dad

Denise said...

LOL! Sorry this has left you so scarred.

Maybe today is 2nd grade, tomorrow, a mug.

You can dream!

Charlene said...

LOL! I get pretty excited when a character on tv has my name. I feel somewhat satisfied as well.

annalisa said...

i understand your pain. as you know my name is almost always misspelled. sometimes even when i tell people how to spell it, they still spell it wrong!

annalisa said...

p.s. congrats on having your name in print on something you didn't make :)

Steve said...

Just think about your poor mother before you whine too much.

Rosanna-such a simple and musical name. Rose-Anna.

But wait a minute. Turns out that it is not quite so simple as it seems.

In the years (36+) that I have known your mom, she has been called all of the following derivations of her simple name:


Amazing even some close family friends persist over the years in calling her by the wrong name.

So Laura, Christina, LisaAnne-no need to despair, as Mom has been there and done that.

Love, Dad

Clarinda said...

Whoo Hoo!!

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