As I approach my 50th birthday, I am having a bit of an identity crisis: I have been called many things by many people. Who am I?
My ex-husband’s nephew couldn’t say “Wendy” when he was two, so for about a year, I was “Aunt Wee-Wee.” He also couldn’t say “truck”, but that’s a whole other story…
That’s what my Broadcast Journalism professor called me in college…I smiled when he said it, but I hated it! Luckily, I only had to put up with it for a little over a year, because I dropped out two months into the second year of the two-year course to follow my boyfriend (later husband, later ex) to a job in Newfoundland.
For 20 months, I’ve been a grandmother to Elise, my daughter’s little girl.
That’s been Jim’s pet name for me since we got together three years ago…I call him “Honey.”
West Side Wendy
I operated a community newsletter for the west side of Saint John for nearly six years, and gave myself that handle because everybody on the west side has a nickname. Four years later, people still call me that when I go over there to shop.
I came up with this alias when I entered the world of online dating in 2005. Six years later, I still use it on my blog.
This was my birthname…I had it for 23 years. I spent a lot of time spelling my last name.
I’ve been called “Mom” for 25 years, ever since Kaylee was born (or “Mother” when they want to piss me off).
I became Wendy Matheson when I got married in 1984. I worked in communications and non-profit event management, and served on the boards of various organizations in two major cities. Even though my marriage broke up in 1997, I kept “Matheson” (two of my children are also Mathesons). I continued to write and operate various businesses under the name. I have been that person for 27 years.
I’ve been an aunt for 33 years to my ex-husband’s niece and nephews, and my niece.
I’ve been “Wendy” for almost 50 years. In these days of social media, branding is ever more important if one wants to further one’s career. If Jim and I get married, he wants me to change my last name to “VanWart” – he would rather I have his last name than my ex-husband’s. I’m worried about the negative effect that might have on my “brand” that I’ve been working so many years to build up. My ex and I are still friends, but each of us has found other partners (I have seen him twice since we split – he lives more than 1000 miles away). Parenting our children is the only bond we have.
My blogging buddies know me pretty well…who am I?