Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My Many Names


Yesterday I went to Noodles and got my lunch to go. The employee asked for a name they could call when it was ready, and not hesitating a beat I said, "Veronica," as some know is the fake name I frequently use since Kajsia is usually harder to reiterate (Why Veronica? Well, I've always just liked that name. Veronica is still exotic like Kajsia but most people have head of it, so they can say it). I hate to hold up a line, and a fake more common name usually makes for a quicker exchange, aside from yesterday. The guy asked me 3 times for a name, and what ended up on my receipt was, "Barraka".... i guess that's close. It's almost as close as "Kayza" which my yearbook teacher would call me or "Kaheesia."
"That's how you say your name right? Kaheesia," asked gross winking guy with glasses constantly pulling at his clothes.
"Yup," I replied in my Mrs. Field's uniform, "that's it," and walked to the back of the store. That wasn't the first time someone had tried to impress me with their reading skills. I grew tired of always having to pronounce my name or roll my eyes at the attempts. I ripped the sticker off my name tag, took the black sharpie and wrote.
The fake Veronica was born.
I could pass as a Veronica... Much more than I could a Megan, or Stephanie, or a Marie, right?
Unfortunately, I still go by Kajsia in school, but I don't really care if people pronounce it right there. I know whatever noise comes out starting with a "k" sound, it's me they are referring to.
But if you are trying to seduce me or astound me, you had best get it right...
Except Mike who called me "kaysha" for the first couple of dates. But he was nice to me, so I made an exception.

4 comments:

Jiles The Great said...

I don't know what's so hard about your name. It's just Asia with a K at the front. But anyway--lunch. You should read the comment I left in response to your comment on my blog. :-) Then we can be friends.

Charlotte said...

I love that even Mike got it wrong for a little while! So funny! I don't think your name is hard at all! Remember how my dad couldn't ever get it right in orchestra though? I'd tell him like every time "It's Kajsia, Dad! Kajsia!" He just couldn't remember it for some reason...:)

Suzana said...

ha. that's really funny. i kind of feel the same way with my name sometimes but at least people get part of it right. but het, you have a really pretty name, so that's the price you pay i guess. :) how are you p.s.?

Maureen said...

Ugh, the endless name battle. I think that out of all of us kids, you most certainly got the "difficult" one...to sound out, that is. I love your name...always have. However, not wanting my own children to have to give themselves pseudo-names, I tried to pick easy to say/spell ones.

That being said, you could most definitely pass for a Veronica.