They say a rose by any other name, etc. but I have a feeling
nicknames have a way of describing a person. As a kid I had lots of friends
with nicknames, where they got them, I don’t know — but they had a tendency to
stick. For example, I had a good friend
when I was about seven, and everyone called her Tang. I think it was because she wanted to be an
astronaut and she’d heard that the astronauts drank Tang. For those of you who don’t remember, or are
too young, Tang was an orange crystallized drink you mixed with water, and presto
a delicious drink that would take you to outer space. Anyway, I don’t think I
ever knew her real name.
Recently, Marisa and I have acquired nicknames. In fact we were forced to create them because
so many people had a hard time telling us apart. Personally, we don’t think we look alike but
we tend to confuse people. My niece and nephew are a perfect example. For years, at every family gathering, I found
myself saying, “No, I’m Maria,” or “No,
I’m not Marisa”. It was a bit annoying for every one, after all they weren’t
purposefully calling me by the wrong name.
A few months later while riding in the car with my niece, she turned to ask me
a question, “Aunt Maria, no, I mean, Aunt Marisa, no I mean….” I could see the confusion on her face, more
importantly I could see I’d probably inadvertently terrorized her into feeling
insecure about getting my name wrong — so I took a step back. I asked, “Do you know the difference between
Marisa and I?” She said, “Of course I
do, I just don’t know whose name belongs to who?” The light bulb finally went on and I
understood her dilemma. I said,
“Actually, I’m not Maria or Marisa, my name is…” and out of the blue, I don’t
know where it came from, I said, “My name is Queen
short.” Well guess what, she never
confused Marisa and I again, and I’ve been known as QV ever since.
We have a couple of other nicknames at Romance Novel TV,
Marisa is The Contessa, our other founder and head of production John is JR,
that’s short for Johnny Romance, Kim our incredible site administrator and generator
of all fabulous ideas is known as the Countess of Mayne, our webmaster Robert
is the Duke of Code, and the list goes on….
Nicknames have a way
of giving you an alter ego… don’t you think? Tell us what your nickname is and what it represents.