Rita was a sweet-natured crossing guard, and she seemed elderly... then again, I was six when I met her, so she was probably actually in her 30's. But I'm pretty sure her singing "my song" daily for my six years of regular elementary school may have accounted for my dislike of my nickname.
Personally, I wouldn't name anyone "Katie." I don't hate it, but meh, you know? Plus... that song...
Oh yes. And my mother was fond of pointing out any unusually bright green, unidentified insect as, "Look, Katie! It's a katydid! Just like your name!" Oh. Yay.
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I thought my real name was pretty cool though. "Katherine." I was named after the original Katherine of Alexandria (so I'm told.) The one Catherine of Siena was also named after, as I was told at one point. I happily "grandfather" her in as my patroness as well, as I feel I need all the intercessory help I can get these days...
Fast-forward five years. I'm head teacher at a Montessori school, and I've got all these adorable three and four years olds lisping out "Miss Kafwin." I loved it.
Until my mother-in-law got wind of my preference, and began called me "Katherine." She still calls me "Katherine." Always with a hard emphasis on the first syllable of "Katherine." As in "KAtherine, I can't believe you are doing that. You should be more careful, KAtherine. KAtherine, isn't it high time for these young'uns to have a nap? KAtherine, haven't you heard that ultrasounds cause autism? KAtherine, why aren't you staying for dinner?"
And it was this experience which gave me a renewed appreciation of the name I was called from childhood.
You may call me "Katie." It's really not so bad after all.
(To my knowledge, my mother-in-law has not yet discovered that I blog. If she does, the following verse may prove appropos):
"King David heard all this, and was furious." 2 Samuel 13:21
P.S. My husband mentioned that the above could be considered "harsh." Oh dear. Then ignore last verse. Don't worry, I will fix it! Here's what I meant to say:
"Knower of the hearts of all [is the Lord]." Acts 1:24