“How did you come up with the name Mrs. Odie? Strictly based on the cartoon strip? And if you’re Mrs. Odie, how come your husband is Odie instead of “Mr.” Odie?”
Thank you, Michael, for the question.
My husband is one of those people who can’t call anyone by his real name. It’s probably a remnant of his frat boy days (daze?). The first time I scrolled through the contacts on his phone, I felt like I was playing a game of “Clue.”
Sunshine? Candy? I prepared to have the conversation with him about “No more strippers” now that we’re engaged. It turns out that Sunshine comes from “Mr. Sunshine” which is an ironic name they gave to their sardonic friend who can find a dark cloud for any silver lining (not surprisingly, the friend of my husband’s I get along with best). The other is a moniker for rotund funny guy who reminded the brothers of the late, great John Candy. They tried “J.C.”, but everyone kept thinking that meant Jesus Christ.
Odie the Dog (shortened to Odie) got his name for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that he will chase absolutely anything a person throws, preferably a Frisbee. I had to laugh the first time we took Viva to the park at six weeks old and Odie packed a bag with a Frisbee, a football, and a soccer ball. I have chosen to remain ignorant about “The Dog” and all of its connotations for a college man.
As for “Mrs. Odie”, it was a quick decision when I wanted to start the blog, but wouldn’t allow myself to spend weeks procrastinating because I couldn’t think of a title. I meant to change it to something better, but then I got a little following and it became like my former therapist who still practices under her married name even though she’s been divorced 25 years and is remarried. Once she established herself under her husband’s name, she was stuck.
Sunshine’s wife, Mrs. Sunshine, invited us to an auction for her company and her parents were there. Her father was in a wheelchair as the result of a drug therapy that left him weak. His wife leaned over to his ear and said, “This is Odie’s wife. Mrs. Odie.” That then became my playful nickname. Which was frankly a relief because I was sick of “Bummer Girl.”
As for why I’m “Mrs. Odie” and he’s not “Mr. Odie” it’s the same reason that Bruce Willis in Die Hard is just “MacLean” and no one calls Bond “Mr. Bond.” It’s not The Great Mr. Gatsby, or even “Jay.” It’s Gatsby. So, by that same token, I’m Mrs. Odie, and he’s just Odie.