I've always been sort of intrigued with the idea of nicknames. The unique ones out there. The stories behind them. Why people love -- or hate -- them. What they'd change their nickname to if they could. It's all pretty fascinating, don't you think? Have a question? I'd love to hear it, so feel free to email me (mellow1422 [at] aol) or ask me on Facebook or Twitter, friends! Today's question is...
Did you ever have any nicknames?
Nicknames are a funny thing, aren't they? They can feel so random at first, but then once they stick, it's almost like they've been there your entire life. They become such a part of your identity. One of my favorite nicknames? Mel. My family started calling me that years ago, and it just sort of hung around. Another one -- one that I almost like more -- is Mellie. It's got a certain old-fashion charm to it.
And speaking of family, did you ever have any nicknames for your siblings? My sister and I have always called each other Sister or Sister Bear. Even though we're adults, we still find ourselves calling each other on the phone and greeting each other with a "Hello, Sister Bear." It's a nice way for us to stay connected and to have something that is just between us. It's become part of our special bond, something I've come to cherish and something that just makes me smile.
In fact, I've grown so accustomed to my new monikers that I sometimes do a double-take whenever anyone addresses me by my real first name? It just seems so...unnatural. And too formal and uncomfortable. Does that make sense?
Do you have any nicknames, friends? Do you like them, or would you like to change them? What nicknames have you given others? Would you rather people call you by your real name or your nickname? xoxo