So you know me as JD and—DON’T PANIC! I am JD. But that’s not what my parents named me.
They named me Julia. Isn’t that a pretty name? Oh, you’d better be agreeing. I was almost a Lisa and almost a Zelda. Lisa would’ve been fine when I was younger, but I might be bored with it by now. ZELDA? That would’ve been the end of me in 5th grade, but today I’d be extremely honored and thrilled to share my maternal grandmother’s name.
But even my parents had trouble sticking to “Julia.” For years, my dad called me Joodge (still not sure how to spell that) and M. J. Smackington because of the way I ate as a baby (Lay off, man! I was just a baby!). These days, most of my family calls me J, which I love for its one-syllableness.
EXCEPT! For my dad’s side of the family, who have always called me Julie. (That’s Joooooo-lie, ‘cuz they live WAY down south in Springfield, IL). When I was young, it never occurred to me to correct them and now it seems kind of rude and silly. Um, excuse me? That’s not my name.
No. Julie is not my name, y’all. It’s not my nickname either. Not acceptable. “Do people call you Julie?” “Only once.”
They call me Julie
They call me Judy
They call me Juliet
They call me Joya (?)
Julia isn’t such a difficult name, is it? Especially in these modern times of Julia Roberts and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and let’s not forget Julia Sugarbaker. But I still get weird permutations. I mean, Joya? Is that even a name?
Then there are the people who get my name right but the pronunciation wrong. Yeah. Instead of the three syllables of Ju-li-a, I get Joo-ya. There’s no cheating on the “L,” people. You HAVE to say the “L” or it’s not my name. JU-LI-A. I’m sorry it’s so damn long, but come ON.
My parents named me Julia because they liked the name, and that is good enough for me.
So you can call me Julia or you can call me JD. Hell, you can even call me J, after all, we’re family here, right?
But please don’t call me Julie.
That’s not my name.
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