So I was just siting on my hiney folding the laundry that I did yesterday. [Coincidentally, if anyone wants to know how to turn your house into a sauna/steam bath, I'd be happy to share my secrets.] As I was separating the dryer sheets from the death grip they had against my kitchen towels (aren't they suppose to be cling-free?) I was contemplating my name, for some reason.
I really like my name and I'm happy my parents named me Shaina. It's a unique name, and thus far in my life, I've never personally come across anyone with my same name. I know people out there exist that are named the same, or at least the name is pronounced the same way, but they've never run in my social groups. I'm glad for that. I like the uniqueness my name provides.
However, as my sister Shavonne has recently pointed out on her blog, sometimes it's frustrating to have EVERYONE in the world say your name wrong. Or to have friends spell your name wrong. Hey. It happens. I've done it too. But it's frustrating nonetheless.
So this got me thinking. I have blog friends that I've never met. Therefore, they have only seen my name in print. Never pronounced. I'm interested in how you pronounce my name. Go ahead. Spell it phonetically. I'm really interested. In college, my name was rarely pronounced correctly without prompting. I even resorted to spelling it differently in college, just so it would be pronounced the right way.
But what frustrates me the most is when I am spelling my name to someone, and they STILL put certain letters in the wrong place. Why did you ask me if you are just going to spell it how you want to?
So this post is for those of you that I've never met face to face. Please tell me how YOU pronounce my name. I'm dying of curiosity. I think I'll even put together a little something to reward you for your post. I'll send you 6 new recipes to add to your recipe books. Recipes that aren't on my blog. Yummy recipes. Sound good? Can't wait to hear from you!
(if we've met before, feel free to comment, but don't give away the true pronunciation!)