Starting a new phase of my life or growing old is not for sissies...
Jan. 17, 2012 2:06 pm
Updated: Feb. 1, 2012 4:48 pm
I've entered a new phase of my life and I'm trying to determine where to go with it. My children are, as I tell everyone, educated, employed and out of the house. My eldest has just recently gotten engaged and is most likely getting married this summer
and my youngest has recently moved 2000 miles away from home. I find myself with time on my hands which I'm unsure what to do with. Life has many opportunities and I'm sure I'll find the right one. One of my first steps outside my comfort zone is to sign
up for the AR Ambassadors program. As anyone who knows me will attest, I generally do most anything I can to stay out of the limelight. I like flying under the radar. I'm not an extrovert by any stretch. This is a new experience for me and one that hopefully
will help me grow as a person. I am excited about blogging and have been searching for what to start with. I decided to address one issue that I've dealt with all my life, my name.
My first name is Maridele, pronounced Mary Dell. I cannot tell you the number of variations I have had from people who see it for the first time and have no idea how to pronounce it (Madelyn is a favorite). Unfortunately I also have a last name that
is hard to pronounce so people cannot even call me Mrs. XXX with any success. It is a source of consternation for me and one I really would prefer to not deal with. However, I refuse to allow people to call me Mary because that is not my name, that was my
mother and some people have a really irritating way of pronouncing that.
Today I had someone ask my name and as usual I give them a slow clear pronunciation of Maridele because some people immediately hear Mary Bell or some other weird convolution. And as some do, she asked if my last name is Dell. I wonder why people do
that. When people named Marianne get asked their name, do they get asked if Anne is their last name? I don't think so. I have an acquaintance who's husband calls us the Dell family as a running joke. I don't think its funny.
My husbands family started calling me Delly or Dellydo which I don't mind but I've never tried using that when I introduce myself. My name is Maridele. My mother wanted to name me April but got talked out of it when her mother wanted to use family names
and combine Mary and Adele. Oh how I wish it would have been April.
So here it is my first blog, ever. I will try to at least address some food topics in the future but there's liable to be some wedding blogs in my near future. I'm excited to start this new phase of my life. Thanks AR for this opportunity.
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