What’s in a Name?

WASD nametagNames are arbitrary labels.

So what’s in a name?

I found shock, confusion, and a little fear.

That would be understandable with names like Hannibal Lecter, The Joker, or Brutus… our neighbor’s ferocious Chihuahua. However all those same emotions ran through me when I happened upon my own name on Facebook.

I think I need to explain. . . I belong to several quilt groups on Facebook. Where Gladys, Judy, Jenny, and Benny and 125,000 other members post pictures of their talents. So one day I open up Facebook and right before my eyes? A post by… Ellen Peterson!!!

Wait, that’s me!

Except …GASP… I didn’t post anything.

 My first reaction was, “Oh Dingle-Berries… I’ve been hacked! My identity had been stolen.” That’s when I noticed the avatar was different. So I introduced myself to this new Ellen who was using my name.

We exchanged a few pleasantries then moved to Messenger for a deeper discussion. Ellen Peterson (the not me Ellen Peterson) is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Is a sweet lady who not only quilts but is easy to talk to.

Last weekend she messaged me that she was going to a quilt retreat. I would have loved to have joined her except for the 45 hour, 3,096 mile drive. Maybe some day we will quilt together. Who knows. But for now rest assured…

the Ellen Peterson Bookends have both coasts covered…in QUILTS! 

and I agree with William when he asks. . .

Name. Shakespeare

Until next time… 


12 thoughts on “What’s in a Name?

  1. Good one! I don’t know that I’d have the courage to contact my “not me”. I looked her up on the Internet after reading your post. She’s a university professor and international consultant. The second “not me” (apparently there are two) is a doctor. I wonder if either of them hike. 🙂 Happy Easter.

    • Hi Janet… Contact was quite easy out in public with a common interest as a focus. Not sure I’d be so brave in any other situation. Hope you had a beautiful and blessed Easter. 🤗

  2. I have had many not me’s… comes from having a more common name. One not-me is my BIL. Yup, Pat Doyle the man. Family finally started calling him Patrick….which was odd in a family that shortens all names.

    Then there was the two other Patricia Doyle’s at work… one who rarely forwarded me mis-sent messages – email or snail mail. And another one who was a Dr. I soon was called Dr Doyle as well. No, I do not have a PHD, but to this day, a few colleague think I do!

    And the most fun was a women at a company we worked with who actually went by Tricia Doyle. Both of us married into the Doyle part and we always joked about it… “Hi this is Pat, not Tricia… is this Tricia, not Pat” was a common greeting made with a big smile.

    I think it’s fascinating you’re both into quilting!

  3. Hmm – there appear to be an awful lot of Margaret Mairs out there. And I do remember someone at an art show telling me that she had a friend named Margaret Mair who was also an artist – I’ve no idea about her work, though. I don’t think I’m going to go exploring, though it would be interesting to find someone with the same name and same interests – if I just happened to, like you. Serendipity is fun!

    And – I enjoyed your piece so much I read it aloud to Richard, so he could chuckle too. Thank you!

  4. I once (lost to me now) wrote a poem which started I googled myself…and found (among many using my married and original names) a (small potatoes) rock star, an American librarian back in the nineteenth century, and an English police woman who was grieving her dismissal. All those personalities we never knew we had are waiting…

    • Sarah… What a fun idea. Peterson is a common name. I should try my maiden name. Although with the internet now… a wide net can be thrown. This connection was a random run in. Not sure I want to go looking. 😉

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