My name is weird.

My name weirds me out sometimes. If I actually think about my name being "Sonnie" (pronounced Sunny) I wonder what people think about me by my name. I've had plenty of responses throughout my lifetime that crack me up. Here's a list of some name highlights.

-People sing to me when they meet me. It's either "Sunny Days"...the Sesame Street theme song, "Sunny" by Boney M.??? (Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain), "My Girl" by the Temptations, and "You are my Sunshine" by former Louisiana State Governor Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell (fun fact for ya!). These serenading moments can be awkward or awesome depending on the moment!

-In my job applying days people would consistently think I was a guy because Sunny with an 'o' is the masculine way to spell the name. I would show up to an interview and the person interviewing me would meet me with a confused look and say "YOU'RE Sonnie??? I was expecting a Mr. Sonnie Shay."

-After meeting me I've had more people than I could count ask me "Where's Cher." Luckily, back in the day my sister had the BEST Cher impression and she would burst into song when people would ask me that question. Or...I may have just wished she would burst out into song. Regardless, her impression was killer :)

-If people can't remember my name they usually guess Summer and I'm ok with that because it makes me feel like a tall girl with long straight blonde hair that knows how to surf really well.

-I had a math professor in college call me Sony for an entire semester after correcting him every day. The only way I'd be ok being called Sony was if my family owned the company!

-My maiden name starts with a 'D', so all throughout junior high and high school people would call me "Sunny D" after the sugar filled, alternative orange juice drink "Sunny Delight."

-People generally ask if Sonnie is short for something or if it's my "real name", or they say "I have a dog named Sonnie" or "I knew a guy in high school named Sonnie." My name is perfect for small talk...PERFECT I tell ya.

Lately I've been listening to an old mixed cd that Phil burned for me before we got married. He happened to put "Sunny" by Boney M. on the cd and one of the lines in the song literally jumped out of the car speakers a couple days ago. The lyrics are...
Sunny, thank you for the truth you let me see.
Sunny, thank you for the facts from a to c.
My life was torn like a windblown sand,
And the rock was formed when you held my hand.
Sunny one so true, I love you."

Yeah, a Rock was formed when we held hands. Phil and I have smiled multiple times thinking about that line. Who knew that a song people have been singing to me since I can remember held a secret from the future. Now both Rock and I have a reason to thank Boney M. for his lovely words :)

Haha...just some ramblings I thought I'd share.

I hope they brought some light into your day
cause I'm just trying to live up to my name!!!!


  1. I don't get near the reactions that you do, but I get some of those! People expect a guy a lot of the times, or call for a MR. or I get guy junk mail stuff in the mail. I was called Michael Jordan in elementary school and that always made me cry, lol.
    It's funny being married and so often people think he is Jordan, so I'm like, what, that makes me Jeff? silly people.
    My last name, Shoopman, was always the worst though. ugh. how many times can you mispronounce something that to me seems not to hard. And I got married, became Lyons thinking I would be free from mispronounced names, but now it's "Lee-ons" like we are in France. Just gotta shrug it off!
    All that to say, I feel your pain but I like my name all the same, and like yours too!

  2. my best friend from high school is named Cher - if only y'all knew each other :)

    (I'm loving your blog, by the by)

  3. i think its a great name!!! are so funny whe you say that when people called you Summer by accident, you were ok with it b/c it made you think of someone tall that knew how to surf.I LOVE YA...i LOVE that line in the song that fortelling Rock forming when you hold hands...BEAUTIFUL!!!!.
    people always sang me "oh MAndy.." by Barry Manelow )sp?) i kinda can relate on some levels...


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