December 23 – New Name. Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why?
Hola! Me llamo Diego. ¿Como estas?
“Jamie” is such a simple name, although an odd derivation from the typical “James” or “Jamison” that most males seem to get named instead. But no, my birth certificate actually says “Jamie Clinton Baxter.” It should not have come as a surprise, but my name was a bit of a dual-standard; a nice save in case of either gender, as I was named after one of my mother’s female friends. Oy vey…
When I hear “Jamie,” it doesn’t scream masculine off the get go. I’m not saying I want my name to, but one of the derivations of “James” in Spanish is “Diego.” I used that as my Spanish name when I took it during my earlier years of high school. Since later high school years, “Himay” became a common nickname, as one would pronounce “Jaime” in that language would come out like hi-may. After many a year of hearing and introducing myself with such a smooth, easy-going name, I would be highly curious to see what kind of a difference would arise from a sharp, stark “Diego” instead.
Have I mentioned that I love thinking of social experiments? I’m fascinated by psychology and sociology; it’s all driven by that little tick to understand how things work. *evil grin*