This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox.
January 28, 2016 prompt: “Alternative History: Imagine how your life today would be different if an event in history would've gone another way. What if the British defeated the American colonies during the Revolutionary War? What if Prohibition never ended? What if the 9/11 terrorist attacks never took place? What if...”
What If…I really don’t play the what if game. I am thankful I am who I am. However, I did wonder once, what my life would have been like had I been a boy. Mama was very strict and I grew up during the ‘70s, so there would have been no long hair for me.
I thought it would have been cool to be a “Junior” though. As it was, I sort of am a junior—I was named after my Mama, GrandMother, and an Aunt. My Sister, of the enviable auburn hair and awesome figure, also has a feminized version of Daddy’s name. Some girls have all the luck.
I once asked Mama what my name would have been had I been a boy. I thought she would tell me I would have been Daddy’s junior. I was wrong. Very wrong.
Had I been a boy, I would have been named, Drexel Wayne—a name I had never heard before, so I asked about it. I liked the reason she gave for Wayne—which of course, was after The Duke, John Wayne, who was all the rage. And it also alluded to Mamas maiden name of Duke. But I was puzzled over the Drexel until she told me…
It’s a street name in Dallas.
Yep, I would have been a dweeby outcast with a buzz cut and no facial hair named after a movie icon and a street.
I remain thankful I am who I am and there is no alternative history in my life.