Tuesday, February 20, 2007
( 7:00 AM ) teahouse
What's In a Name?
Over the weekend, I went to a piano recital with some friends.
The performer was someone I knew only slightly. It was a nice little party, only a couple of dozen audience members in a private recital hall.
There was wine and cheese afterwards. I mingled in the crowd and met some people.
Two of the people were a couple in their late 60s.
They introduced themselves to me. I said, "Nice to meet you, Mary and John. I'm [insert THB's real name here]."
So I guess my first name is a slightly old-fashioned name. It's definitely not unusual, but I've been told before that it is somewhat unexpected given my race/ethnicity and religion.
Anyway, when I said my name, John exclaimed, "[insert THB's real name here]??? You don't look like a [insert THB's real name here]!! To me, you look like your name should be Michiko. Or Akiko!! Or Sariko!! Hahahahhaha!!"
With that, the two of them started laughing loudly and hitting each other on the back to congratulate John on how clever he was.
It was a very awkward moment.
I considered saying something like, "Yes, me love you long time!!" but I decided that it would be inappropriate.
So I just smiled, drank some more wine and got the hell out of there.
P.S.: To those readers who do know my first name, Shhh!! Please don't compromise my anonymity here.... #