hated my name growing up.
Like most kids with unique names, I tried my best to anticipate the substitute teacher’s grimace and squint as the trigger to give her the answer to such a mind boggling question... “How do you pronounce Dacia?”
Thanks to my quick wit, the title of this book alone has prompted me to write a memoir and answer the age ole question (age by which will remain a secret). Dacia rhymes with Geisha.
If you have never seen or heard the name before, I am sure you might
be nervous to give it a go. So, when I meet someone in person, or answer the
phone, I am sure to introduce myself, even if it is obvious who I am. I like to
skip the awkward stutter of an attempt at butchering my name. You are welcome.
Dacia is actually a European name, specifically Romanian. It is
rich in history, but we will get to the details in a moment. In America, the
common pronunciation of Dacia is Day-sha. This is the case with every Dacia I
have ever met. Because it is unusual in the States, I do not mind people asking
multiple times to remind them how to say it.
My dad named me after a character in his novel, The Reclamation.
He is the reason I know the true dirt origins of the name. When people
recognize it is Romania, I feel a slight sense of being exotic which is short
lived when they ask if I am in fact Romanian... I am not. My heritage happened
for me, not to me.
Some ways people remember my name: Day-shift, Déjà vu. The
latter is c...