We only dated for a few months. I was 20 and I guess he was probably the same age. And I hated his name. Hated it the way only a self-involved, 20 year-old could hate the name of a guy she was dating. He had one of those really geeky names that brought to mind pictures of small, weak, little boys getting beat up during recess.
And so I decided that I was never, ever going to use his name. I called him “what’s his name”. Not to his face. To his face I called him sweetie or honey or darling. And this was way back in the dark ages before email or texting (well, there were a few uber geeks who had email, but I wasn’t one of them) so we weren’t writing to each other everyday. But behind his back, to my friends, I called him “what’s his name”.
I just couldn’t see myself romantically, sexually involved with a man named ____________.
Names are funny. People go crazy trying to decide what to name their kids. And yet, even with all of that hard work they frequently seem to get it wrong, somehow. I know that half the time when friends tell me the names they’ve picked for their babies, my first reaction is WTF? I was actually at a baby shower, several years go, where the mother revealed that yes, they had selected a name. There was stunned silence for a few seconds after she told us all and then some polite, “oh, isn’t that sweet” comments. But the second the mom-to-be left the room to go to the ladies room the entire party erupted into criticism of what a horrible name they’d picked.
Anyway, you’ve probably noticed that I have a name now. I’m no longer SINgleGIRL. Not on Twitter, anyway. And right here on my new header I’m proudly telling you my name, Simone Grant.
It was a tough decision to make. Whether or not to stay as SINgleGIRL or switch to Simone Grant. But I realized it was just a matter of time before someone got confused and mixed up me and SingleGal or singlegirlie or someone else. Let’s face it, there are a lot of smart, wonderful single women out there. And while we’re all unique, it was getting hard to tell us apart in a crowd of names.
Tags: geek, guy, Twitter, WTF