Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Well I'm on to Day 2 today--Day 2 of having both kids in school. And let me just say that yesterday flew by--I barely had any time to work on my WIP at all. I need to figure out how to make all this work so I'm not cramming so much stuff in that the book gets lost in the fray. Hopefully I'll have something worked out by the end of this week. I better.

The first day of school went very well, or so I heard. My little one didn't even want me to walk him in. His brother took him to class after they ran up the path to school together. They were both excited, and still are today--I hope it lasts all year. I didn't take it personally (very big of me, I thought)--I got my hugs and let them go.

Today I have a social question, and I'm hoping to gather some advice. My neighbor of approximately six years, I've recently discovered, thinks my name is Susan. She said it yesterday and at the pool once this summer, and both times, it was said while she was turning away. I don't know how to correct this. I'm horrible at situations like this. I feel like things will be painfully awkward if I correct her, and while I'm sure most of you would probably say that it will just get worse, that doesn't motivate me in any way. The two of us don't see each other very often, and when we do, it's just a casual 'Hi, how are you?' or a wave, or a few minutes of conversation. I could probably go on indefinitely without ever correcting her. But I'm torn, feeling like I have an obligation and at the same time, wanting to shirk it. My husband says he could mention my real name casually in conversation, but that'll still make me look like a doofus--I can hear her now, 'Oh my gosh, I'm so embarrassed! Why didn't she correct me?' I have no good solution to this ridiculous problem.

So...anyone? Any thoughts, suggestions?


Catherine Avril Morris said...

Hahaha!!! I'm sorry, but that's such a cute, funny situation! And so totally, hilariously human. I think you should approach her with almost exactly the same words and tone you've used in this post: "Look, this is gonna be so awkward, which is why I've avoided saying anything for a while now, but I just have to let you know..." She'll probably be thinking, "OH MY GOD, WHAT IS THIS WOMAN ABOUT TO TELL ME?" She'll probably think you're about to come out to her, or admit to some deep, awful secret...so telling her your name isn't actually Susan will make you both just fall on your butts laughing.

Good luck. ;-) And do report back once you've dropped the bomb on her. (Hee.)

Vicki said...

I'm with Catherine. I know that it will be awkward but in the long run it would be better to tell her now. If you don't and she finds out she may think you didn't care what she called you.

So here's my thoughts: If she's a stay at home mom(which = a very, very busy mom) then see if she can go to the pool for a break w/o the kids one day. Tell her then. Maybe ask her if someone told her your name was Susan?

Sorry this is as good as my brain can do this week. :)

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Thanks, you guys, for your advice. I know I just need to suck it up and do it, but we see each other so rarely... I know, I know, just do it!

Sara Hantz said...

I think you should tell her, and just make a joke of it. The thing is, if it was the other way round you'd want to know. I know I would. And it will probably bring you a bit closer.