I was named Heidi after my father watched the movie, “Heidi” with Shirley Temple. He fell in love with her in that movie and insisted on naming me Heidi. Growing up, I didn’t take to my name like he did. I wanted a more sophisticated name, like Natasha – I loved that name when I was a kid, don’t ask me why because I have no idea! I recall not liking the fact that there is no shortened version of my name like Tasha is for Natasha. It just seemed like a boring name to me. Have you ever felt that way about your name?
People always seem surprised when I tell them my name is Heidi. I recall one of my first job interviews and the man that interviewed me said, “You don’t have blonde hair or blue eyes!” …… I got the job, so that’s all that mattered, but if I had a dime for every time that was said I would be rich! I guess it’s not common to see a Mexican/Serbian with a Swiss name.
Now that I’m older, I have more appreciation for my name because it isn’t common. I mean, how many Heidi’s do you know?