Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A to Z Honesty - C is for Cathy

When I was in Grade Nine, back in the days when platform-shoe-wearing dinosaurs roamed the earth, there were five Cathys in my gym class. Obviously a popular name in 1960, when I was hatched. The Tiffany of its time.

Imagine a whole gymnasium filled with Cathys, flabbily running around sweating up the joint whilst colouring the landscape with their gym rompers. Remember gym rompers? Even the cutest girls in school looked terrible in gym rompers. It was those puffy elasticized bottoms, squeezing into the equally puffy flesh of the top of the thigh, showing off every fish-belly-white nuance of pudge as it jiggled through its gymnastics-basketball-field hockey heroin-like haze. And if the cutest girls looked rancid in those rompers, imagine how the rest of us dorky shiner niners looked. I tell ya, it was like Blue Suicide just waiting to happen.

Anyway, we all had to have our names embroidered on the back of our rompers. It Was A Rule. And I remember thinking, back then, because I would think of anything to take my mind off the horrors of gym class (reminds me of the woodsplitter - gak), that if your name was Kathy with a K, you were inclined to be slender and, if you were Cathy with a C, you were inclined the other way. Which was porkified.

I developed a theory about this. Notice the letter C. All round, like a pregnant belly, or a coffee cup. I believe its natural shape holds all the fat in. Notice the letter K - there is no bottom to the letter. All the fat just falls out.

Think about all the Cathys or Kathys you know. Who are the fatties? Huh? Huh?

I know. You are blown away by my brilliance. I should win a Nobel prize for this.

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By the way, C is for Cathy is also today's A to Z theme for Denise Covey, my dear Aussie colleague who has generously featured me on her blog today. Big hugs your way, Denise dahling! Thank you so much! You can check out her feature here.

79 comments:

  1. I don't know enough Cathies or Kathies (< is that the plural of Kathy or Cathy?) for a scientific study but my sister in law is a K Kathy and she is slender. So far your theory hold water. I do know from my own survey that Harries who spell their names Hairy cannot spell for beans.

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    1. Harry, why don't you blog anymore? I really miss you! But so glad to see you here, harried or hairy!

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  2. Hi, Cathy. I'm 20 years younger than you, but I knew a lot of Cathys and Catherines and Katherines and Katharaines and Kathys in my younger years! One was a bit plump, but very beautiful with reddish hair.

    I came over from Denise Covey's place. I think it's awesome how she's highlighting special people like you (I was number one on her list, and I also feel special because of her). I once signed up to follow you, but that old link is outdated, so I signed on again. Your family is awesome, and so is the place where you live. I would love to see it some day.

    Happy A to Z-ing!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

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    1. I know! I saw you there in your A is for Ann awesomeness! Thanks so much for saying such nice things :)

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  3. Laurita is right. That's all I'm saying...

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    1. And didn't this comment of yours just drive me battier than I already am? Finally figured it out! Thanks for the mystery!!!

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  4. The only -athy with a "K" that I knew was a hard edged bitter person...the -athies with a "C" that I know are gentle, kind folk. I like the "C" Cathies the best.

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    1. Awwww, I bet you say that to all the Cathys... :)

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  5. I think I knew a Kathy with a K back in Princeton years ago and she was indeed tall and skinny! I am so glad to have met you, Cathy with a C, and enjoyed your humor very much. Thanks for following my blog, I am now a follower of yours. And looking forward to more.

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    1. Why thank you, Inger! See what I mean about the Ks? (Nobel Prize, come to mama...)

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  6. Your theory is a good theory. Got not evidence mind, but it sounds right.

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    1. Whatever sounds right is also the rule I apply to grammar!

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  7. Don't know!
    I think we are who we make ourselves to be! We are as complex as genes as wellas nature and nurture!

    Such is life, we climb, we fall and you inspired this post!

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    1. Great post, Jenn! Thanks so much. Your kitty-cats are adorable.

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  8. Well, I'm blown away by your humor and to be funny takes some brilliance of mind. I'd forgotten all about those stupid romper things. Gosh, I hated gym with a passion. Like Cathy there are tons of Linda's, my real name. Maybe that's why I'm Rubye now.

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    1. You know what's funny? I was going to write about the other popular names - Linda, Janet, Cindy and Susan, for starters - but I didn't in order to keep things short.
      But, migawd Rubye-Linda, how could you forget those ugly rompers? Maybe you've blanked them out to ease the pain...

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  9. I like your C theory. I wonder if it works for Caitlins/Kaitlins too.

    I'm just stopping by on the A-Z challenge - I'm #142. Nice to meet you.

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    1. Nice to meet you too, Annalisa! Boy you got there early to be 142!

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  10. Every Cathy or Kathy I've ever known was/is a beauty. Well, except for our minister's daughter...poor girl. Still, she's a success in life. And that's the other thing about C/Kathies, they overcome.

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    1. Well of course they're a beauty! *batting eyelashes and primping profusely*

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  11. I love your humor! I am not sure about the Cathy/Kathy situation, but my name is Kayla {which can also be spelled with a "C"}, and it does not ring true for me! Ha Ha! I wish the fat would just fall right off or out.

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    1. But Kayla you look so skinny in your teeny-tiny picture!

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    2. Awe! Well thank you very much!

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  12. I love this post! I too had a plethora of C/Kathys in middle school--and you are totally right! Ugh! And those rompers--the made their way to the 80's, too! I hated those things! Thanks for dropping by my blog, too!

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    1. Rompers were an official birth control method in nine countries. I swear!

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  13. I only know one Kathy - with a K -- my sister, and you're right on about her!

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    1. You should have slipped her some bacon when she wasn't looking.

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  14. So what you're saying is never name a character Cathy with a C if I want her to be a slender, pretty girl type. Got it. Thanks for the tip!Happy A-Z blogging.

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  15. I don't know a lot of Cathy's, but the ones I do know are pretty awesome.

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  16. You may have something there with the Cathy/Kathy thing. However, *looks down* - the bottom's not falling out of the K in Kevin. Oh well.

    Great post, Cathy, as all yours are.

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    1. Kevin, it ONLY works for Cathy/Kathy!!!!! Sorry, bud!
      (And thanks!)

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  17. Hi Cathy .. we have recently acquired a slim one - well she was someone before but a Middle Englander .. she's now Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge .. I'm sure there are others .. many larger, some immensely bigger - such is life .. We had 3 Hilary's in my class .. and we were a small class of 20 or so ..

    Good for Cathy's by the Muskoka River - sounds lovely .. cheers Hilary

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  18. LOL!!! Okay, so I have to say that I'm loving your theory of the C and K having a leaning towards which C/Kathy was slender or more jolly about the waistline. Now I'll be looking at every C/Kathy, demanding if they begin their name with a C or K so I can test this theory :-)

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    1. I want to hear how it works out Angela! :)

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  19. Now I understand! My name is Marian, so you'd think I would be skinny, with all that open space at the bottom of the letter, but check that hammock at the top. All the fat just lolls around in that v at the top of the M and WON'T GO AWAY! And now I understand why. So it wouldn't do my any good to stop eating sweets or start exercising, right? THANK YOU! ;)

    Marian Allen
    Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

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    1. Hey, anytime Marian!!!!
      (Damned hammock letters - they totally suck)

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    2. Not so fast. Some things with a nice deep vee can be very pleasant, you know. :D

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  20. That is a great theory! I love it when something random like that actually works! And you found a useful way to distract yourself from the tedium of gym class. Is it any wonder so many of us 'of a certain age' have to be really encouraged to get up and get exercise? Warped a whole generation, they did. We never had the gym suits but nobody looked very good in our white blouse/navy shorts combo either.

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    1. Oh Stephanie, I would have given my right teat for a white blouse/navy shorts combo!!!!
      Yeah, I totally blame the rompers for my wide, pock-marked arse.

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  21. I used to be a K snob. All the way to thinking all Kathy/Cathy's should be named Kathleen. Then I found a good friend named just Kathy. That's all her mother gave her. Then my husband insisted our second daughter be named Michelle, the most au courant name of 1967. At which point, I gave up; it is what is is. Love the theory. I'll have to tell Shelly (my Michelle) her pleasantly plump is her mother's fault.

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    1. Always blaming the mothers!!!!!!!
      I used to have a K-car and was pretty snobby about that. (not)

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  22. haha! Love your theory on letters and body shapes. :)
    Great A-Z post!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Did I mention I love peanuts?
      Especially wearing chocolate?
      Sometimes I love commenters so much i want to gobble them up.

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  23. platform shoe wearing dinosaurs - there's an image for you!

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    1. I hear that's why Barney 's sciatica is acting up.

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  24. Never thought of the differences between Kathys and Cathys. You realize that will come to my mind next time I meet one?

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  25. Interesting about the difference between Kathys and Cathys. Never thought of it that way.

    And I'm starting to think I was lucky to just get the gym shorts and t-shirt when I went to school. :)

    Cherie Reich - Author

    Surrounded by Books Reviews

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    1. You were TOTALLY lucky!
      Plus you have a romantic French name. Lucky you!

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  26. Huh, I never thought of the difference in names like that. Now whenever I meet someone named either Cathy or Kathy, it will probably my first thought. Your theory is great!

    Just A Nice Girl

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    1. As an adjunct to my theory, all Jennifers are down to earth and adorable. They usually bake well, too.
      Am I right? Huh?

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  27. Visiting from the A-Z Challenge. You have an interesting theory about the Cathy/Kathy name. I'm going to have to think on that for a bit!

    http://tahomabeadworks.blogspot.com/

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    1. JoJo, you're not the famous psychic on TV, are you? You look all esoteric in your little photo... can you tell me what my future holds? Not a long future - maybe just what I'm having for dinner tonight?

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  28. Oh dear God YES, I remember...we had plain red bottoms on those nasty rompers with red and white stripes on the top. Ours had elastic waists with a zipper in the front and YES, showed every ounce of flab you can imagine...I have to admit, I had two friends; onewith a C and one with a K and both were slender; CRAP, blows that theory, huh?

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    1. They were the exceptions, Tracy! Or they were aliens, pretending to be C-K-athys. I'm thinking the latter.

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  29. Ha haa Cathy, thank you for my morning smile. ^___^

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    1. Since I can't buy you coffee, it's the least I can do! :)

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  30. Hi! Popping over from Denise's :)

    Those rompers were horrific!!!! I was so glad when we got to grade 12 and we were allowed to wear our own shorts and Ts :)

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    1. Hi Jemi! I love pop-ins! Especially when they're not long-lost relatives wanting dinner and the bathroom is a mess! Thanks for the follow!

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  31. Cathy, you always paint a vivid and humorous picture. Love it!

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    1. Alas, if only I could paint, Susan... But thanks!

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  32. Awesome! I remember looking at pics of my mom in her lovely rompers - gag - and she had two best friends named Cathy at the time. Wonder what she would think of your post? LOL.

    My C

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    1. Oh my god, Jaycee, how old is your mother? Maybe I was one of her best friends? I mean, it could happen, right?

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  33. Ha! Rompers!! I stopped by from your interview at Denise's place. I'm a new follower and also doing the A-Z challenge :)

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    1. Hey Martha! One of my best friends in the whole world is named Martha - such a great name. Hope you're having a great time with A to Z and thanks for the follow!

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  34. I love your header, and I loved your childhood stories on Denise's blog. You are brilliant, Cathy. :)

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    1. Pshaw... (another one fooled - cue evil laugh)

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  35. Ah... this made me smile. Thanks, CATHY! Peace...

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    1. Hi Linda! *waves through the crowd* Always happy to make you smile, sweetie!

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  36. Cathy, I would NEVER, EVER trust a 'K'athy--they are just shifty. :)

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    1. See, that's what I figure, too Lisa... I think they're all spies...

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  37. I can get behind this theory. "C"athy's I know... chubbers. "K"athy? Slim Jims.

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    1. See? Am I right or am I right?
      I'm always right. It's pasted right there on my forehead. Makes it easier for my husband and children to remember.

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  38. Haha! The gymsuits--ours were mustard yellow and did absolutely nothing to enhance a "big" girl's curves ;-) I never thought about how many KCathys there were in my grade (I was born two weeks before the start of 1960). Wow...you are right. There were a lot of them! And you theory? I think you are on to something... "Teresa" four letters out of six that just refuse to let anything drop. :-)

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    1. Mustard yellow? And here I was thinking there was nothing that beat the blue ones!!!
      And no way you're born in 1959! I was thinking, judging by your blog, that you were 40 at the most. Seriously. I'm not blowing smoke up your butt....

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