My parents wanted to call me Laurie (#42 0n the most popular names list for 1962) but my big brothers refused. They had received Christmas gifts from their pen pals (do people still have pen pals?) in England – trucks, which are called lorries across the pond. They refused to have their baby sister named after a truck. Instead, I was named after a character in a book my mom was reading – she can’t remember the book. I love having a unique name. My mom went to all sorts of efforts to make sure I had magnets and stickers, even a license plate for my bike – all those important childhood mementos with my name inscribed upon them. It bugged me at times to have a name that I couldn’t find at Disneyland or Magic Mountain on some cheesy pen or hat or other such overpriced merchandise.
I have absolutely no idea what name I would use for a day. I never even had a bar name during college!
I like the name Kerri and on most days I like the Kerri that I am.