3 months ago
Friday, October 12, 2007
ce n'est pas une blogger
Oh, right. I should maybe introduce myself. I'm arduous. That's me and this is my blog. Moving on.
NYAQ (Not Yet Asked Questions)
Q: Arduous? That's an ... interesting name.
A: Thanks! My dad named me!
Q: Wait so it's your given name?
A: Well ... yes, in that it was given to me. I mean, it's not the name on my birth certificate. But it is pretty much all he ever called me.
Q: Why on earth would he call you 'arduous?'
A: Because it's the word I missed in the fourth grade spelling bee.
A: Basically, yeah. Well, and also, because I can be a difficult person (see my profile.) And also because arduous sounds a little like an iteration of my birth name. But it never would have happened if it weren't for that bee.
Q: Does your dad still call you 'arduous?'
A: Unfortunately, he passed away a few years ago. That's kind of why I'm using it here. Names fade away if they're never used, and ... I don't want this name to fade away.
Q: I'm sorry.
A: Hey, as my dad, would say, LILT.
A: Life Is Like That.
Q: He sounds great. Hey one more thing?
Q: The picture?
A: I know, right! Can you believe that I am NOT an artist?
Q: It kind of sucks. Even for a stick figure.
A: Shut up.
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Ahhh, that is really sweet. I always loved your blog name. I love that you hang on to a piece of your dad and the nickname through this.
I'm sad to say the word I screwed up in the gradeschool spelling bee was 'emancipation'. Sure, it sounded like it should be e-m-a-n... but I decided that since English is never spelled like it sounds, it must be i-m-m-a-n... Ugh. I've been trying to make up for it every since. ;-)
Glad my dad didn't start calling me that, though. It's sweet of you to memorialize him in this way.
Funny how one always has an imagine inside their head of their blogger friends. I didn't picture you wearing a skirt but I pretty much pictured you like this.
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