Re: Are you happy with your name?
My first name is Bruce. It's an OK name and who I am. Starting around junior high, I started getting ribbed about being it being a gay name which I suffered fairly quietly. I figured I liked wimmin so it didn't really matter. My parents called me Brucie which caused me great amounts of grief from friends. Even up into adulthood, they'd slip and call me that at which time I'd wince.
One of the problems with it is that there just isn't much you can do with it for nicknames. My wife calls me Bru sometimes.
Naming our kids, one of the litmus tests was how it would sound at graduation commencement.
I'm with Sundeck on the Mr./Mrs. thing. I really really really hate it when paying a bill with a credit card and they read me first name and call me by it. I usually give them my best withering glare and say "I'm sorry, do I know you?" and then do my best to not let them off the hook. I can be a real SOB if I want.
It's right up there with being called "you guys" by a waitress, i.e. "are you guys ready to order?".
Our kids are instructed to call all adults Mr./Mrs. and God help any of my kids' friends if they address me as "Bruce".
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