Sigh… Have received numerous confused inquiries about just who is this Elsa person in Mom’s e-mails?
I am Elsa, Elsa is me. Elsa Beth Murphy, nee Lockhart.
Backstory – for 20+ years, it was increasing confusing to be in a small town with four, (later FIVE) Elsas, all within 10 years of me. Growing up, there were just two Elsas – the others lived in Pittsburgh (along with our mutual namesake) & moved here as adults. The one who lived here was 5+ years younger than I, which was no big deal until our 40s, when age differences tend to go POUF! What threw a spanner in the works for me was that four of the five – yes, including our regal namesake! – were active in Bryn Athyn Community Theater (B-Act) & I knew that whenever our name was shouted out, they typically did NOT mean me.
It got to be rather spirit squashing.
Praise be, a solution presented itself that worked out perfectly. I am crazy about doing creativity workshops for all ages. The children who attended, especially the regulars, were stumped about what to call me. Mrs. Murphy seemed too formal; Aunt Elsa just fell flat & plain old Elsa was even worse. Then Kayla & Nikiah came up with the brilliant idea of calling me Aunt Diva, which all agreed was a grand idea. Realizing I had the solution to my larger name problem at hand, I discussed it with John, who thought it a bonza idea, tweaked the original suggestion & have been DEEV ever since. When I first did it, could tell when people had looked up our phone # in the BA phone directory, because they’d say, “You really are serious about this name change, aren’t you?“, having just found us listed under Murphy, John & Deev.
But it can be confusing when people reading Mom’s e-mails see “Elsa” and wonder “WHO?” ME!