Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ellen – Day #5 from the A-Z Challenge

When you saw the title, you probably thought I was going to write about Ellen Degeneres. I'm not.

Instead I am going to talk about how the name, Ellen, has taunted me my entire life. I am the oldest of my parents' three daughters. My mother's middle name is Ellen.

When they were born, my two younger sisters' were given middle names of Ellen. So out of the four women in my birth family, I am the only one with a different middle name – Kathleen.

In an attempt to assuage her own guilt from choosing to exempt me from the Ellen legacy and to help me feel better about being the outcast of the family, my mother made up this story: my youngest sister was named after my sister's and my middle name combined. Therefore, her name is Kathleen Ellen.

I don't buy it. Apparently it didn't occur to my mom that she would be excluding me from the "Middle Name Ellen Club" when she named my sister Kathleen Ellen. She could have called her Ellen Kathleen, but noooooooo, she chose to call her Kathleen Ellen so that she, my sister Cindy, and my mom would all have Ellen as their middle name.

From now on, when she tells me that I am the weird one, I will say, "Had you given me YOUR middle name, I might not be so weird."

In truth, I would never say that to her, and it really doesn't bother me anymore that my middle name is different. Just like it really doesn't bother me that she doesn't read my blogs (sniff sniff, wipe a tear, try to force a smile).

Anyway (said in the Ellen Degeneres dramatic style), as Juliet said in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, "What's in a name? That which we call an Ellen by any other name would smell as sweet."

Come on – I couldn't very well use Rose here, could I? (Apologies to Shakespeare, but he doesn't read my blogs either.)

And that completes Day #5 from the A-Z Challenge. Brought to you by the letter, E.

Previous A-Z Challenge blogs:

Amazon Hates Me – Day #1 from the A-Z Challenge

Bored – Why? Day #2 from the A-Z Challenge

Craziness – Day #3 from the A-Z Challenge

When Your Daughter Develops, DON'T DO THIS!

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  1. Hi Theresa .. you could use rose - as your background is rose .. actually I'd rather have a different name & stand out in the crowd .. but I can see your point about the Ellen Club .. oh well .. c'est la vie .. enjoy being Theresa!

    Thanks for coming over and commenting .. Cheers Hilary

  2. This is really cool Theresa. Enjoyed it greatly and looking forward to your next postings.

    Popping in by way of the A-Z Challenge. I’m blogging at:

  3. I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Powerful Woman Writer Award.
    Go to http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/p/awards.html and pick up your award.

  4. Too funny about you being out of the Middle Name Ellen club. :-)
    At least you have a nice middle name. Mine doesn't flow with my name AT ALL.

  5. I thought it was going to be an E post too lol. Got me, thanks!

  6. Maybe you're the UNIQUE one, not the weird one! The one who stood out too much to have a plain-same middle name!

    My maternal grandmother and mother and I all have the middle name Frances, which I used to hate because it sounded so frumpy. I started to love it in high school and now wish I wanted a daughter to pass it along to, because I love the legacy we have.

    - allison writes

  7. Don't get me started on names...! Fun post.

  8. Rose is a nice name, Debbie never liked it as her middle name, but I do and she is my English Rose :)

  9. Funny how we are about our names. My son doesn't mind that my daughter got Ann for a middle name (mine and my mother's) and he didn't, but that's probably a boy thing *shifty*... but actually, each child got a middle name from my family because they have their dad's last name...

    As for mothers reading blogs... mine told me earlier this week that she planned on it and I almost hyperventilated... I don't need my MOTHER knowing what I get up to!

  10. Well I didn't get a middle name at all, but two first names instead. One of my best friends growing up was named Ellen.

  11. LOL! Nice post. Strange what folks do at times.

  12. My mother's name was Terese (her bd was today!), and we used that for my daughter's middle name, and so did my brother, with his daughter.

    You're not weird, but unique!

  13. I love the style of your blog - I'm so glad I found you through the A to Z challenge! I'm going to add you to my blogroll! :)