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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……

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Through My Children’s Eyes

30 Oct

We are all home for the summer.

That includes me, the teacher/mom.

After reading all of these posts on Facebook about how many more parents appreciate  the fact that teachers are under paid once they have been home for a few weeks with their own kids!

I see it completely differently. Don’t get me wrong, I  love being a teacher and I always have. I only took the standard 6 weeks off and went back to work after the birth of both of my children. I have always wanted to be a working mom.

BUT…..

This summer it seems to be different….I can’t even begin to tell you how much more time I wish I had with my kids.

No matter how much the two boogers argue (they are only 18 months apart, so it’s like having twins!). No matter how messy the house keeps getting. No matter how quickly we go through a gallon of milk (Two days, really? Is there a milk thief somewhere)

I can’t seem to get enough!

I want to sit in the yard and watch them swim, swing, run around, and just be silly. I want to sit on the couch and watch cartoons with them, I want to play Sims on my computer and have them giggle uncontrollably at how bad I am at computer games. I want to bake cakes, and watch my daughter frost them, I want to play poker with my son and have me tell me how terrible I am at my “poker face”.

I know….I want, I want, I want!

Well, I guess I figured out why yesterday. As we were just sitting around talking about like in general the world is a beautiful place “through my children’s eyes”. I like what I see and I really want to see a lot more of it!

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