One of my official theme songs in Peace Corps is “That’s Not My Name” by the Ting Tings. Somehow, I have acquired quite a few names during the past nine months.
The obvious ones:
The not-so-obvious ones:
The I-know-you-actually-know-my-name-so-this-is-just-annoying ones:
I’m pretty sure that I already outlined the whole Beth/Bess confusion from training earlier in this blog. And yes, being called Ellie is completely my own fault since I introduced myself as Ellie at site in order to escape another Bess fiasco. But it does all get very confusing when my Peace Corps friends come to visit and I’m suddenly trying to respond to any number of names (and languages) at one time.
While in Lima for training, I had the honor of meeting Stacy Rhodes, the third highest director in the Peace Corps. Not Peace Corps Peru… but the Peace Corps, period. Actually, I met Stacy Rhodes three times. And each time I was using a different name. Let me explain.
I originally met Mr. Rhodes at the Peace Corps office and, since I was with a Peace Corps friend, introduced myself as Beth.
The next day, Mr. Rhodes came to our training event. Since I was with my community partner my nametag read “Ellie”. I re-introduced myself to Mr. Rhodes who said he remembered me from the day before and we had a discussion about using different names.
That evening, Mr. Rhodes was in the receiving line at the Embassy and, when he saw me, said “Hi Beth… or Ellie.” I pointed at my Peace Corps issued nametag which read “Elizabeth” and said that I was actually going by a third name that night. He laughed and I smiled knowing that, for a day at least, Stacey Rhodes knew three of my names.
Now you know all of my names. I sometimes get Facebook posts from people saying that they’ve been reading my blog and it’s made me wonder… who is actually reading this nonsense I post every couple of weeks? So I have a favor to ask of everyone reading this, right now. Please comment on this entry and tell me your name. Think of it as a virtual roll call. Thanks!
To post a comment:
1) Click “post a comment” at the bottom of this entry.
2) Type your comment in the box
3) Choose an identity – if you have a Google account you can use it or else just click “anonymous”, even though you won’t be because you’ll have told me your name in step 2. Remember, it’s only fair. I just told you all of my names.