I did an image search for "Alice the nurse" and this is what I got.
Cute, no? I dig the cape.
I've never liked my name, which people always mispronounce (it's pronounced like "Eileen" and NOT "Ay-leen") only it's so wearisome to correct people that I don't bother. On my unit, when we switched to computerized charting every nurse got a little laminated yellow star with her name on it, to put on our portable computer workstations and mine is spelled AILENE. Whatever. My mother had planned to name me Hannah, and at the very last minute--I believe I had already emerged into the world--changed her mind and went with Aileen.
Actually, I can live with "AY-leen" but I can't deal with "Irene," another common way of mispronouncing my name, and I am practically apoplectic over "Arlene." Do I LOOK like I'm 68 years old and watch The Price is Right in a polyester housecoat? PLEASE don't call me Arlene.
I've thought about going by my middle name, Elizabeth. I feel like as "Elizabeth" I would be instantly chic, smarter, and ten pounds thinner. But talk about getting sick of correcting people! I'd have to move to another state. My sister succeeded at dropping a name she didn't like. Her name is Margaret, but we always called her Peggy, which, once she reached adulthood, she decided wasn't sophisticated enough. She began to introduce herself as Margaret and now the only people who still call her Peggy are immediate family.
You'd think I would know better, but I went and gave three of my four children difficult names. "Ian"seems fairly straighforward, but there are people who think it's pronounced with a long I. Or who hear "Ann." When my father told my uncle that I had named my new baby "Ian" my uncle said, "I thought it was a boy." "Brigid" also seems simple but no one can spell it--she's Bridget and Brigette on most invitations and birthday cards, and Beehive persists in calling her "Brittany." "Seamus" is problematic. It's the Irish version of James and it's pronounced "SHAY-mus." If I hear you calling him "SEE-mus" I may have to hurt you. Grace is the only one of my children without name issues.
Anyway, it was fun to be Alice for a day. Do you think if someone randomly assigned you a different name, you would become a different person?