Daily Prompt: Say Your Name
by michelle w. on May 28, 2013
Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?
Debra; plain and dull. I hated my name when I was growing up. My mom was going to name me ‘Charlotte Denise’, which I loved, but her mother asked to name me, so I became Debra, with a plain middle name, too. Most of my family called me ‘Deb’, which was fine, and at school I was ‘Debbie’, which was cute while I was young. My mom still calls me ‘Debbie’, which I do not like anymore. I think it sounds like an airhead; ‘Debbie’. My dad always, and still does today, calls me ‘Sis’.
I never thought to ask my grandmother why she named me ‘Debra’, or maybe I did. I have a vague recollection of Deborah in the bible. I’m not sure if she told me that when I was younger, or if I just related it in my mind. Either way, ‘Deborah’ is much more glamorous than ‘Debra’.
I lost my grandmother in October of 1995. Ever since, her death I have embraced my name and am proud to be called ‘Debra’. Now, if I could just get my mom to embrace ‘Debra’! 🙂
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