Sunday, October 10, 2010

How would my life have turned out differently? Part ll

While I am at it, I wonder what my life would have been like had I not been saddled with the horrible name of Lillian, and been called something cool like Lisa or Lynn.

Lillian was an old ladies name. Everyone, and they would all let me know when we were introduced, had a grandmother, great aunt, or other elderly relative named Lillian.

I didn't meet another Lillian who wasn't at least 60 years older than me for a long, long time.

Even when I started calling myself Lill, people would say, is that, like, short for Lillian?

My childhood was definitely affected negatively by that name. For example, remember Romper Room? Remember the magic mirror? "I see Debbie, I see Susan..." A Lillian was NEVER spotted, and you can’t imagine how traumatic that was for me.

3 comments:

Jonathan said...

But did you ever mail in your name?
"Kids were encouraged to mail in their names, which would be read on the air – first names only."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romper_Room

notElon said...

She would have mailed in her name, if she was Lisa or Lynn!

the moot said...

I don't remember Romper Room ever saying anything about mailing in your name.

I think they just started claiming this years after the fact, to cover themselves in court when the lawsuits of those scarred for life started rolling in.