Friday, March 7, 2014
Another Name Game
I've chosen to write about my real name because of Elsie 's posting. She creates one of my favorite blogs.
I began as Tamara,
Named after a Russian ballerina.
No middle name was assigned
Because Mom couldn't think of one?
One can pronounce my name the Russian way
As Baba, my Russian grandmother did--
"Tamarachka," (second "a" silent and rolling the "r").
Such an endearment.
Horrors to me when my 7th grade
Latin/French teacher called me Tamara (roll the "r"),
Sounding like Tamata.
I then became known as Tomato.
My last name was mispronounced,
And then I was named "Maniac."
What beautiful school nicknames!
By now, when my name came up on the roster,
People would stop and hesitate.
I wanted to raise my hand and stand up and say,
"That would be me!"
I preferred my name just pronounced "Tamra."
After high school, my cousin Sharon said,
"Get rid of it all and call yourself Tammy!"
People still stumble and hardly know
My real name now.
Then I explain why my real name
Has been left behind.
Now being older and wiser, I like my real name.
It's still different than most names.
But if you're a close family member or friend,
It ends up as Tam.
That is me!