There’s Alice in Wonderland and then there’s Alice Mountifield, yes that’s me.
My parents named me Alice and it was a name I used until I was in my last year of school. My family nickname is Alibo and I love it. I tend to only be Alice when in trouble, to old school friends or new friends who choose to call me either to irk me – it doesn’t work – or because they like the name and I respect that. The only thing that irks me is when someone meets me and calls me Allison! It’s a great name but I don’t understand why people do that; I thought Aussies were renowned for shortening names.
I love the song Living next door to Alice and the line “Alice, who the f is Alice?”, see the Alice in me can’t type the f word.
Don’t forget the kids song “Alice the camel has five humps”, so great to grow up as a well-endowed teenager with that one around. I love this image of Alice the camel, the words ‘so tomorrow’ make me feel that my name suits the younger generation. (you can see this great image and check out the song on this blog http://www.sotomorrowblog.com/2010/12/alice-camel.html)
so tomorrow but not my tomorrow
I was listening to a segment on the radio with an interview with a young (that’s how her voice sounded) lady call Alice. I thought how well she seemed to suit being an Alice and wondered if it was just me not feeling comfortable in my teenage Alice body that made me change or if as I say to people I’m not really an Alice.
I love the name my parents gave me and it sits really well with my full name when written on official doco so I’ll never change it. I didn’t change my surname when I got married either as I’m proud of my name; not that I don’t love my hubby’s name. When we got engaged I did think about changing as people can’t always spell or say Mountifield properly but neither can they spell Smit, hmmm Smith, Schmidt.
The name Ali sits comfortably with the person I became and until Ally Mcbeal came onto our TV screens it seemed I was one of very few using Ali, Allie, Ally etc. Now it is such a popular name/shortening and I wonder if it was me or Calista Flockhart that started the trend.
When I’m not Ali, I’m ‘the triplets’ mum’ and I get that as one of the mums at our school is ‘the ranger’ (that’s her day job). I’m OK with all of the roles that I hold and the labels -the good and the bad- that I have.
When pregnant I would have liked our children to have a double-barreled surname but hubby said no. I’m grateful now as I seem to have form after form that needs filling out and I’m pretty sure I’d have RSI by now if I had to write more than four letters in the surname field.
The radio segment gave me a good chance to think about the me who was Alice and the me who is Ali. I know some of the kids at my boarding school who knew me but didn’t know me well would say 100% that I’m a totally different person. I know I did change as I was given support, great friendships and room to grow once I left boarding school but in my heart I know I was always me. Maybe boarding school was my cocoon.
I’m grateful for the ‘preferred name’ field on official forms.
So go Alice go. Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom.