I haven't been to many parties this holiday season, and I'm not sure that I'm too upset about that.
At one party that I attended, I found myself small-talking with someone I'd met a few times already. She professed that she was bad with names and could not remember mine, so I reassured her that: "It's alright, I'm not usually good with names either. My name is Elisa."
"Sorry, what's your name?" [perhaps she couldn't hear me, or had never heard that name before.]
"El-lisa...that's Lisa with an E before it." [Ok I admit, maybe I mumbled that.]
"Listen, can I call you 'Ay'?"
[Why would she do that? There's no "ay" sound in my name at all. But then, what are the chances that she'll even remember to call me "Ay" the next time I see her?]
Then someone else entered the conversation and introductions had to be made again.
"I'm Elisa, it's nice to meet you"
Bad with name girl interjects: "But I'm going to call her Ay."
New girl asks why - she thought my name started with an 'E'.
"Oh my god, really?! I didn't know that...why did you let me call you 'Ay'?"
I am so mortified.