I am proud to be a girl named Kyle!
I mean when you are a blond little girl with a short boy-style hair cut and a boy’s name, you get strong. You also get use to repeating your name and listening to people tell you their brother, son, husband, father, grandfather, step father, father in-law (or any other significant boy in their life) has the same name. It’s also always been fun to hear stories from boyfriends about when they told their family, friends or co-workers about a date with Kyle (hahaha).
Here are a couple of stories only a girl with a boys name has…
My next door neighbor growing up was a Kyle (the regular boy kind), so my neighbors always called my Kylelayne as though my first and middle name were just one name.
In the fourth grade I didn’t want to be Kyle J (you know how this happens when two kids in the same class have the same name) so I went by Kylee. Yep, just put an extra E on my name and it was different. Too bad I hated being a Kylee and dropped the E in the fifth grade. Some kids Moms still called me Kylee throughout school.
I once was nearly in a fight with a professor in college. While taking roll he said, “Kyle Johnson?”.
“Here”, I replied.
“No seriously, Kyle Johnson?”.
“I am Kyle Johnson.”
“Stop this, who is Kyle Johnson?”.
“I am Kyle Johnson. I have a boy’s name but I promise I am Kyle and I am here”.
No response to this.
There are plenty more stories about my name, I promise to share them all over time. Now for the real reason behind this post…
Kyle Freeman, another awesome girl named Kyle with great Style (see what I did there?).
Kyle Freeman is a blogger from the Boston area who happens to blog for ApartmentTherapy.com (talk about inspiration). She also happens to have a super sweet pad with tons of color, second-hand finds and homemade items Does that sound like a dream to this girl Kyle? YES it does!
Anyway, I wanted to include a quote from the BHG DIY Magazine (Fall 2011) about Kyle’s feelings towards thrifting, “You’ve got to be willing to work when it comes to secondhand shopping,” she says. “It takes effort to find the really great pieces that make a room.”
I totally agree with this quote. Mainly because it makes my many trips through the same thrift stores valid. I don’t buy something every time, but when I am there to strike on a brand new IKEA frame, or grab up tons of great JCrew t-shirts, and then hear my friends whine about how they never find anything… I will know its the effort I put forward.
Anyway, I love other girls named Kyle! You rock.