Evolution of a Name

I thought I’d covered the topic of the name but then I thought perhaps I should explain the evolution of the name elsie.

As I explained in my previous post, my initials are LC. That is how I signed all my notes to teachers at school (when I was a full time Reading Recovery/Title 1 teacher). My friends picked up on the initials and began calling me LC (but now that I think about it maybe they were calling me Elsie, which of course

Isn't she sweet looking? I don't resemble her in the least.

Isn’t she sweet looking? I don’t resemble her in the least.

brings to my mind Elsie, Borden’s cow mascot. I’ve included an image for you young one who don’t have the background knowledge for the name.) So when I decided to join the blogging/publishing world I had a name but yet it wasn’t my name.

I thought of myself as very clever. I was just like Mark Twain, Ann Landers, and even Dr. Seuss. I had a pseudonym, a pen name, or I prefer to call it, nom de plume. (I think I am channeling a little Fancy Nancy here.) But it wasn’t enough to have a pseudonym, I had to make it my own. I decided that I always admired e. e. cummings bucking the system with his lower case letters. Plus I hate having to hit the shift key to make a capital. It was easier and faster to just type elsie. Remember my name that I’ve been writing for multiple decades requires two capital letters. It is not quick name to type. So I figure I’m entitled to a lower case name. I know some of you are thinking, I’ve seen it with a capital e.  I didn’t capitalize it, auto correct did that. I just leave it because it would take more effort to undo, and I have other things to do that are more pressing, like writing this post.