Part of my identity derives from a name given to me by a neighbour when we were both four years of age. She had a speech impediment causing her to say my name in a way my parents had never intended. The name has stuck - though I have long lost track of that little girl. She moved away from where we lived sometime around the age of seven.
Odd pronunciations of names, as well as nicknames and
diminutive terms of affection can linger long after our personal sense
of identity has gone through many changes. How many aspects of your life are the same now as they were when you were four years old?
09 December 2013
Does your name have a special place in history?
Has your name had a different spelling over the centuries, or in different places?
Do you have the same name as one of your great grandparents?
Were you named after someone of historical importance?
Why do people often have a preference for particular names in one location and those names are less popular elsewhere?
Why were some names popular in the past but are no longer so?
Why do some names come back into fashion?
08 December 2013
It was not until I had the opportunity to go to university, when I had already reached my early 30s, that I discovered that I had intellectual abilities well above average. My schooling had not provided me with the environment in which to explore and express my potential. Nor did university, but at least it gave me the confidence to expand my horizons and reach for higher goals.
I find fulfillment through writing, travelling and sharing my life with someone special.