Monday, May 22, 2006

My Life Monday - Week 3


Welcome to week three of "My Life Monday"! I can't wait to read about your name. Please don't forget to add your link and add a comment if you complete today's MLM.

Week 3 - My parents named me __________ because . . .

My name really is Rachelle. No alias for me on the net. I figure, if you really want to stalk me, go ahead. It will add some spice to my life. Just stay away from my son or I will go postal on your hiney. ;)

My parents originally wanted to name me Michelle. But I had a girl cousin born a few months before me and her parents named her that. My mom thought and thought of a new name for me. After awhile, she came up with Rachelle. She thought she was being creative and making up the name Rachelle. Not so. She found out at a doctor's office a few years after I was born that Rachelle is a real name because there was another girl with that name in the office. My mom got to talking to her mom and found out, Rachelle is a real name.

I like my name. It's not a name that very many people have. I'm not one of the millions of Jennifers from the 70's (do not take offense if your name is Jennifer). I think my name fits me for the most part (unless you are one of those people who thinks of Rachelle in the trailer trash way).

One of my biggest pet peeves, however, relates to my name. Specifically the pronunciation of my name. It's just like Michelle, but with an Ra at the beginning. Say it with me - Rah-shell. It's not Rachel, Rachael, or Raquel. And I have been called all those at one time or another. I hate when people say my name wrong. To me, it's not that much of a difference from Michelle, so why is it so hard to pronounce?

So do you want to hear the mean thing I do to people with my name? It's really mean. You want to hear it anyway? Ok, here goes . . . I judge a person's intelligence on whether they say my name right the first time they see it. If they call me Rachel, they are dumb. If they call me Rachelle, they are smart. I know you are all checking to see if you said it right in your head the first time you saw it. If you said it wrong in your head, I forgive you. ;)

It is great for telemarketers. If somebody calls my house asking for Rachel, I hang up on them. Because if you can't say my name when calling my house, you probably don't really know me. And usually that means a telemarketer.

So there you have my name. Not too exciting, but I do like it. I wouldn't change it, except maybe spell it the way it sounds to stop the stupid people from calling me the wrong thing.

And for next week's topic: Since it is
Memorial Day, the topic is "In memory of . . . ". I know Memorial Day is supposed to be for those who died in war and to honor Veterans, but maybe there is somebody else whose memory you want to honor on that day. Many people use Memorial Day to honor any special person in their lives who has passed on. We'll do kind of a loose interpretation of it. With it being a holiday weekend, you may not be around on Monday itself. Feel free to post early or late. I myself will be traveling to my Idaho hometown for my brother's wedding, so I will post either late Thursday or early Friday before I am cut off from internet access for four days (how shall I ever live?!?!).

Don't forget to leave your link below if you participate in today's MLM. And leave a comment too. It makes me feel special. :)



46 comments:

ShelahBooksIt said...

I know how to say it, I promise!

Butterfly Kisses said...

I think that your name is very pretty. Oh, and I was saying it correctly too. :o)

I did my first MLM today. YAY! :o)

Valarie said...

I know how to say it! I'm not smart, I just knew a few in HS.

Stephanie said...

The girl who sat at my book at my wedding is named Rachelle. I am not smart either, I just know one of you. By the way, she is crazy now. :)

Amy said...

Oh I said it right!! This is my first MLM and I'm excited to at least have something new once a week :)

Taffi said...

I said it right the first time! But I'm kinda anal about getting people's names right. :-)

Nutella said...

I totally knew how to say it! We would have been friends from my first pronounciation :)

Char said...

My best friend from preschool through junior high was a Rachelle!

:o)

Jessica said...

You pronounce it ru-shell right? :)

I just found your blog and let me say...nice blog! I'll try to stop by each Monday that I can and do the "Meme" thing! :)

Feel free to stop by my site (you'll need to register for FREE first before you can post a comment...just click on the register link on the right side of the page) and leave a comment and say hello (just click on Leave Your Comment on any of my blog entries or whatever and post reply on the box that comes up). Hope to have you as a regular visitor to my site and I'll try to visit your's often as well!

Dawnyel said...

I hate people mispronouncing my name too...check out my blog and you'll see....but I've gotten used to it! :) (I knew how to pronounce your name correctly!! *patting myself on the back*)

Gina said...

The telemarketer thing is funny. We do that too. If someone asks for Jan or EYE-an, we know they don't know Ian, so we hang up after saying, "nobody by that name lives here."

Nikkie said...

The telemarketer thing amuses me greatly! I love messing with them, no offense to any telemarkters who may be reading this!

Maine Mom said...

Whew! I've been pronouncing your name right from the start :-)

Your story about telemarketers reminded me of people calling our house when I was growing up and I could tell if they didn't know us because they would pronounce our last name wrong. It IS annoying to have a name mispronounced!

I think you have a very pretty name.

sheri said...

Crap! I use to pronounce it "Rachel" until a few months ago. Mainly because I actually had a friend named "Rachel" that spelled it "Rachelle". But I won't fight it. I'm stupid ;)
And it was fun reading up about your name!

Meemer said...

I judge people on if they get my name right as well. I'm glad i got yours right!

Mama Darlin' said...

Ru-shell, I loved the fact that you will "get postal on your hynies" for any one thinking other than to read your blog. That is that good mom instinct! I did the telemarketer thing in WA when they would pronounce my town's name wrong. Obviously they weren't from there!

QueenMeadow said...

Thanks, that was fun :) and I love reading everyone else's stories.

ubercyl said...

I know how to say it, but I'm surprise people don't sometimes call you "Rochelle."

Carrie said...

Love your name. Now, I know how to pronounce it. I had it all wrong.:) Thanks, again for doing this. You are awesome. I am having so much fun with this.

Lei said...

I is smart. Lol! Glad I finally jumped on the MLM bandwagon! It was fun!

soleclaw said...

I count myself among the smart as well, Rachelle! (Yes, I did just say it aloud. And yes, I pronounced it correctly!)

EvaRob said...

Rachelle....I said it and spelled it right!

emlouisa said...

I am smart too. I'm glad that Lei doesn't have this same test though! lol.

I wish I was going to your Idaho Hometown this weekend! I would so love to meet you! Boo.

The Daring One said...

I have a great friend named Rachelle and I am the smart kind. I love your name.

Grammy said...

Never, never change the spelling of your name. It is beautiful just the way it is. And I knew how to pronounce it, so I'm feeling particularly brilliant. I've been thinking about posting my name thing for a little while, so this will give me the incentive I need. It will g up later this morning (I'm only about a day late. Hooray!)

Gabriela said...

Ra-Shell-very funny post!

Diana - Teacher Mom said...

I'm right there with ya. Can't stand the misponunciation of my name. Thanks for the correction!

Courtney said...

I feel smart :) I know 2 other girls named Rachelle so I knew how to say it ;)

Linsey said...

Phew... I am smart! I wish I had a name telemarketers mispronounced!!!

lammyann said...

So simple.
People are freaky. I never would consider that spelling as RACHEL or RAQUELL... der.
Thinking I may just join in next weeks "my life" party.

BTW---
I tagged ya.

Goslyn said...

I know I'm a little late, but mine is up.

And I love your name story! I knew how to say it right away.

:)

Kristen said...

Yeah, not quite sure why the pronounciation of your name is so hard for people. Seems pretty easy to me.

Great story.

Kristen said...

Yeah, not quite sure why the pronounciation of your name is so hard for people. Seems pretty easy to me.

Great story.

Grammy said...

I know I am technically challenged, but why does my name have (del) beside it? And how can I get the cute little "My Live Monday" banner on my blog? I want to play. Can I play?

Grammy said...

I got my story up, but I'm not sure that I'm connected to all of you. And only 2 days late, too.

handiemom said...

OK I finally got my MLM post up. I'll get the hang of it sooner or later! What a fun idea!

And I like your name -- it's original.

Michelle said...

Oh my god, my name is Michelle, but I always hated my name - so when I was like 5 or 6, I used to go around telling people 'my name's not MIchelle, it's ROchelle!' People still make fun of me for it!

Stacy said...

I did this MLM but didn't do the link... my bad. Am I too late? (I'm still new to this)

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachelle

Apologies as I'm new to this and not sure if i'm doing it right!

I'm posting from the UK - I am also called Rachelle!!! Unlike you mine is pronounced Rachel but I always get Rah-chelle I must admit I do prefer your way, much more individual, I recently met someone else spelt the same but pronounced Ray-shell same spelling but so many ways to say it!!!!

Rachelle

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