I’ve decided to change my username. Nothing drastic, just the “KellyDS” that I’ve been using on Twitter for awhile now. Part of the reason I’ve decided to change comes from a practical standpoint: I’ve never minded sharing my real name of Kelly, I refer to myself as Kelly, and I often tell others to call me Kelly.
Confession time: I’ve never been all that fond of the nickname “Kel”. don’t tell my family and friends! quite a few of them call me Kel. I don’t despise the shortened version, I just prefer hearing Kelly instead. I like the roll of that double “L” sound.
I chose the username kelbel75 not long after I opened my first e-mail account. At first my username consisted of my initials along with my last name but that was rather boring, so once I became more comfortable and thought this internet thing wasn’t that bad after all, I changed it.
So since kelbel was the only nickname I had ever had, I used it and the number 75 , which represented the year I was born. I’ve since discovered there are a lot of “kelbel75″s out there. FYI: I’m not the kelbel75 that seems to be obsessed with wedding dresses, babies, or joining multiple dating sites.
The larger part of wanting this change stems from the fact that Kelbel is something that my grandfather has always called me. I would walk in the door of my grandparents house (never having to knock first) and his greeting would be “what’s new with Kelbel?” So why the change now? Well, my grandfather has Alzheimer’s. Compared to my other grandfather, who also suffered from the disease, it’s not too bad…yet. He still knows who I am most of the time, just mixing up the grandkid’s names like most grandparents do. Mostly he just forgets things: he’ll repeat a conversation we had 10 minutes prior or he won’t remember where my grandmother is when I call on the telephone and ask for her. He used to be quite active, hunting, fishing, gardening; he mostly sits in his recliner and watches television or sleeps now. he sleeps a lot these days (he’ll turn 84 this December).
but, I’m not Kelbel anymore. I’m Kelly now, with a few “Kel”s thrown in for good measure. I don’t mind it (at least he knows who I am. it was hard when my other grandfather progressed to the point that he didn’t know my name or how I was related to him) a big part of me feels like I need to preserve Kelbel now, to keep the memory intact.
So, I’m switching my username to KellyDS now. Kelly is my first name (which most of you know ) and DS has a relation to my real name too but also to my favorite television show, Lost.
Don’t worry if you still call me Kelbel or even kel, I won’t get angry or upset. just don’t call me “little girl” (what my dad calls me when I’m being chastised) I hate that!
Do you have different names that you’re known by in your off-line life? Do you love them or hate them? My brother goes by the common nickname for his given name but family members still call him the full version. his wife laughs and says she automatically knows it’s one of us when we call on the telephone because we ask for him using the full version.