What’s in a name? Simply Sweet

You know sometimes I write things and later think to myself why did I say that? Some of my readers would not have actually caught this one because you don’t know me personally but I am a bit surprised no one else called me out on it. My name is LEAH and in my last post I referred to it as being one syllable when in fact it’s two…Leeee-Ahhhh. Some damn fine English teacher I turned out to be, eh?

But in the same vein, for years I have been correcting people when they call me Lee. In fact, it sort of irritated me when people didn’t ‘get it’. Or worse, they called me “Laya”. When I was a kid the only person who was allowed to call me Lee was my Nana. I don’t know why, I hated it then too, but I guess she was a lot bigger than me and I was scared to correct her.

After she died my brother-in-law took on this term of affection and instead of correcting him I thought it was simply sweet because it reminded me of my Nana. But once again, Joe was the ONLY person allowed to call me Lee (my sister gets away with it too but only because when she calls me Leah I know she’s mad at me and I’m afraid of her). In Italy, every name seems to end with an ‘a’, eg. Maria, Luisa, Sara…so Leah just rang out naturally thank God. The only difference is they spell it Lia.

But speaking of sweet…Joe is now hanging out in heaven with my Nana and I am left with two fond memories of the bastardization of my name. One syllable or two…move over Cher and Madonna, I’m taking over the one name Diva corner bitches.

Hey, and by the way…these Italian strawberries are just as sweet šŸ™‚ Can you tell they weren’t genetically modified to look like amazon strawberries with no taste?

These ACTUALLY taste like strawberries should. YUM YUM!


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9 Responses to What’s in a name? Simply Sweet

  1. kay says:

    I enjoyed this post šŸ™‚ Imagine the trouble I have with my name here… What? If only I had known, I would have been Katie from day one. Catia perhaps? It’s too late now, so I just answer to anything polite, and introduce myself as kappa ah ypsilon…

  2. katecrimmins says:

    Many of us have name issues. I started a new job at age 53 and some old codger decided that he wanted to call me Katie instead of Kate. Good grief, I was a little old for that. I did let him call me that (he was a top level executive) until he retired but absolutely no one else!

    • Ohhh, somehow I think that is sweet! Him calling you Katie simply implies that you were younger than him šŸ™‚ However, I can see how it would irritate you if he was trying to be condescending too. Kate commands respect and attention and Katie, well, wants to go play on the swing šŸ™‚ Hopefully his intentions were good.

  3. My brother was married once to a Catherine but she went by Kate or Cathy. I only wished that she would make up her mind and choose one or the other because I never knew what to call her! She wasn’t a very nice person so we used to joke about if we should call her a bitch or a witch, lol.
    Terrible, terrible, terrible…I might go to hell for this yet!

  4. Lea says:

    Ha! My name is Lea, pronounced Lee by my Mother! I went by my full name Lea Anne until University, then was just “Lee”-to heck with that Southern sounding name. However, I am frequently called Leee-aaahh, that’s better than a double name, at least for me! I enjoy your blog, I have a friend who is 1st generation Italian/American, OMG, the old country ideas she has. We also have property out west in the Chilcotin, BC.

  5. Shelley says:

    Lee, Leah, Luigi or Weiner, as long as you answer when I call!!!! I love the mention of Nana and my Joe, he loved you so!!!!! and as for you being afraid of me…………..jeez loueez you are six inches taller then me!!!! You can outrun me easy! Love ya!

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