Thursday, June 21, 2007
The Story of Malady and Frank
Someone recently asked me how I got my screen name "Malady." Well, it's a small tale really. One I may have already told before. But here it is.
I went to college in my home state of Texas and the first few weeks were a little rough. I'm a only child and I'm pretty shy. Okay, REALLY shy. The university had all of these mixers for freshman in the first couple of weeks. As I sat holed up in my dorm room (my roommate didn't show up for about a week), I decided to force myself to go to the ice cream social. I ended up at a table with two really nice women named Kate and Ellen. I recognized a kindred spirit in Ellen right away. She had a sense of humor and a good sense of whimsy too. Somehow, we got on the topic of nicknames and Ellen said that she had never gotten a good nickname like "Frank." I told her that from that moment on, I would call her "Frank." She, in turn, called me "Malady" which is a play on my actual name.
Being the creative soul that she is, Ellen wrote a children's book about our adventures in college called "Malady." When I got married, she did the sequel called "Malady Gets Married." I hope that someday (perhaps soon) she will be able to do the third book in the series, "Malady Has a Baby." And even more than that, I hope that Malady and Frank get to have more adventures together. And their present and future children too!
By the way, in case you hadn't guessed, Frank is none other than the wonderful and talented Queen Ellen. I just know that she isn't blogging right now so she can open an Etsy store. Right, Frank?
(the above picture is from "Malady Gets Married" and is copyrighted by Ellen)