I Am Living Under A False Name.
An alias. A pseudonym. A false identity.
Although, this could still have serious repercussions.
I Have Been Called Different Names In My Life.
- My husband often calls me “Sweetie” or “Dear.” He likely has a few more names for me (under his breath).
- My daughters call me “Mom.”
- My parents used to call me “Friedchen.” It is a term of endearment using my middle name.
- The last few years I have had the privilege of being called “Grandma Erica.”
When Did Erica/Erika Begin?
When I began school, my teachers always wrote my name as “Erica.” I learned to write my name as “Erica.”
My signature on all of my paperwork, wedding certificate, driver’s license and bank cards is “Erica.”
Much later in life, a glance at my birth certificate revealed “Erika.” I did not think it really mattered at this point.
I was wrong!
9/11 Was Pivotal.
New passport regulations carefully scrutinized the spelling of all names. I had to make sure my passport name, birth certificate and signature were an exact match.
I now had to sign specific documents with the spelling “Erika.” I was not at all used to writing this “new” name.
My Wonderful Boss With A Great Sense Of Humour.
I was fortunate to work in a very progressive dental office for almost twenty-five years. We often had the opportunity to take continuing education courses and attend conferences. Some of the conferences were held in a different city and out of the country.
This dentist was finalizing the travel arrangements for a conference. He was initially puzzled about the “new” name, “Erika.” Our passport and ticket information had to be accurate.
He had a great sense of humour. From now on, he would address correspondence to me as “Erica/Erika.”
It aways made me smile.
Beginning the WordPress Blog.
I watched YouTube videos and I went to “how to start a blog” websites. I did not want to overthink the process. I might change my mind.
“Behindthescenery” domain was already taken. Therefore, I chose “Behindthesceneryphoto.”
I had to type in a username.
I typed in “Erica/Erika.”
I did not want to interrupt the flow of setting up a WordPress blog. I could always finesse things later.
Almost Everyone Has A Story Behind Their Name.
They may have a name in honour of a family member. We were advised to name our first child, “Donat.” We politely disregarded this suggestion. You are welcome, Sara.
Some people choose to change their name for various reasons.
Some people prefer to use their middle name or a nickname.
A glance at a birth certificate may reveal a name different from the one they have been called all their life.
My Thoughts This Moment In Time.
Most of the time I use the name, “Erica.”
Specific documents necessitate the spelling, “Erika.” My hands may shake when my signature requires this “new” spelling. I play by the rules.
In today’s world of minimalism and simplifying, “Erica/Erika” is now six syllables. Am I taking up too much room? It is cyberspace after all.
Readers in our blogging community have also been using “E/E.”
Do I Change The Name On My Blog?
I do not mind what I am called. “Erica” sounds the same as “Erika” to me.
I like and answer to all of the above.
As for the name on my blog?
I am keeping “Erica/Erika.” At least for now.
It always makes me smile.
Do you have a story behind your name? Would you like to change your name?
The Story Behind The Story
I had just completed a draft of this story about my name(s). I was not sure when or whether I would click “publish.”
This week my blog crossed paths with a blogger new to me, Annika from Annika Perry’s Writing Blog
Curious to learn more about her, I clicked on her blog site. Her most recent post: What’s in a Name? Book Review.
Immediate goosebumps for me.
Annika writes an in depth, engaging review of “What’s in a Name” a book of short stories written by Sally Cronin. Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Behind every name there is a story.
I especially like a quote from Yvette, Priorhouse Blog “Don’t you love it when blog world meets the real world?”
Does this ever happen to you?