When I was a kid, I loved to watch Leave it to Beaver. Looking back, I think what I liked the most about the show were the character’s nicknames—Whitey, Lumpy and of course, the Beave. While in elementary school, I never had a nickname, but I always wanted one.
Later, the show Happy Days became one of my favorites. With nicknames like The Fonz, Ralph Malph, and Potsie, it seemed everyone had a nickname except for me.
Then in high school, it happened. I finally got my first nickname. It was Nerd. My best friend who I’d known since we were eight years-old came up with the name and from then on, we were both Nerds. Even today, we rarely refer to each other by our real name, it just doesn’t sound right.
In college, I became, Jilly Bean, Jillow, Pill and Jillster. Later, I was Sleepy. For someone who’d never had a nickname, these days, I find myself answering to many names.
Do you have a nickname?