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What is in a Name?

3 Jan

So for years I have been called “V”. In a month it will be 15 years actually. You see I have a very difficult last name to pronounce and I started my career teaching Kindergarten.

At the time it was just much simpler for the students to call me Mrs. V, than to learn how to pronounce Varoutsos.

Well the adults shortened that even more to just V.

No worries. It didn’t bother me. I had finally gotten away from the numerous horrible nicknames for Michelle; Shelley, Shell, meme, meems, midget, midge, etc.

Mind you…I didn’t often answer to Michelle. That was my mother’s name. Although she spelled it with one ‘l’, it still belonged to her. I had never taken ownership of it because of all of the little comments that came with it.

“So you’re actually a ‘junior’?” (Always stated in amazement)
“I didn’t know girls could be juniors.”
“Why are you named after your mom, you look nothing alike?”
“Who’s brilliant idea was that?”
“How do you tell each other apart?”

I could go on but I won’t.
So one day I asked my mom why she bestowed this horrible curse upon me. She answered as she always does. Go ask your father.

His “brilliant” answer…..because I knew you would be as amazing as your mother and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful name.

Now to you…I know…it sounds so wonderful…amazing…a tribute…Right?

Wrong!

Nothing could be further from the truth. While I will always love my mother. I will Never stop working to be her polar opposite. She and I began our relationship rocky and have traveled a difficult road. We mostly embrace that, but I wouldn’t wish it on other mothers and daughters.

Is it the name that caused the dissension? No….that was just the beginning of a long journey. It certainly was a daily reminder of where I was headed in life and how I wanted to get there.

So now I live with Mish….for those that are really close to me.

And for the rest, I am simply V.
Can you see the resemblance?
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I know neither picture is very becoming…but I did it on purpose… I told you before I don’t photograph well……

An Office with a View

30 Dec

This year for Christmas I received “A View”.

Yes, that’s right. My daughter painted what the view from my non-existent window should be. You see, I have a beautiful office that is full of everything I need and decorated just like I like it.

The only problem…..No window.

I am a Principal Intern and I don’t spend much time in my office, but I often like to stop and enjoy what’s going on outside. Rain or shine. View or no view. It’s just important to have that connection to the “outside world”.

For a time I worked in a cubicle in what most would call an attic. I often called it the tower and I think I suffered a bit when I spent too much time in meetings “up there”. I became separated and longed for fresh air and life.

Well, my daughter has given this to me to bring back to work next week. No more longing…no more missing the blue skies…it will always be right there with me.

Along with her love.

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