Michelle is my given name. A very common name. If you know The Beatles, then you certainly know their song Michelle, a 42 year old song. Wow! That’s a very old song. My father is a fanatic of that group. He had a collection of all their albums back then. When they had me, my father was so decided to name me after The Beatles‘ song Michelle. Obviously, my mom agreed.
Personally, I don’t like my name. It’s so common. In my grade school years, there were two Michelles in the classroom plus me. The same thing happened in high school. Thought, it would be over in college, but no. It was even more complicated. Three shared the same given name with me + one family name. Complicated eh? Just imagine whenever we’re called in the class. No one gets up until unless our full names were called.
Apple is my given nick name. Ewwww! Hahaha! I just don’t like it. Nobody knows my nick name except the ones closest to me. And this is the first time I am announcing it to the public hahaha! Again, there’s a story behind it. During my toddler years, my mom told me that I often got sick. Not sure if you have heard about this, that when a child often gets sick, you sell him/her for maybe like a peso or dime or whatever to your neighbor/relatives. The child gets to stay with them for a day, then they give your child a new nick name. I was sold to my Aunty and she named me Apple waaaaaaaaah! Good thing it didn’t click hahaha!
I’ve been using Mitch as my nick name for the past 8 years. That’s the number of years of my stay here in Bahrain. It so happened that my boss’s Arabic name sounds similar to my given name, Michelle. His phone calls were often transferred to my line and vice versa. That’s how they decided to call me Mitch hahaha! And I liked it. But then again, confusions were always present. When I write to my US suppliers, they address the letter as Dear Mr. Mitch. Simply because Mitch is a male’s name. Can’t blame them for that. Whenever a phone call is necessary and made, they would always ask “Is this Mitch?” I’d answer in my high pitched voice “Yes, I am” hahaha!
Those were the stories behind my name/s.