I was the only person using the in-house gym this morning and was enjoying the quietness and solitude. As I just finished a set of weights, a local lady arrived and greeted me “Sawatdee ka” and I returned her greeting. She then introduced herself and said “my name is Noi” to which I replied “my name is Margaret”.
Immediately I recognised that look on her face which told me she did not understand what I said my name was and I knew she was trying very hard to attempt to repeat it, so I quickly said it again, “Margaret – Margaret Thatcher”. Noi looked and me and put her head back and laughed out loud, a strong, hearty laugh, then came towards me, hugged me and said “I am so pleased to meet you Margaret Thatcher” and again, laughed and laughed. I am not sure what Noi thought was so funny that made her laugh so hard, but her laugh was contagious and I too started laughing and laughing. It felt so good. We chatted for a while about who we are, where we are from and how we enjoy exercise.
In mulling over the experience later, I thought to myself, how many other famous people called Margaret do I know and straight off the top of my head this is who I recalled:
- Margaret Thatcher
- Margaret Mead – her biography is an interesting read
- Margaret Court – well I am an Australian and I enjoy tennis
- Princess Margaret
That’s it – these are the only famous people called Margaret that I can remember. This cannot be right, surely there are more famous people called Margaret than just four.
Wait – there is another one – Hotlips Houlihan from Mash – her name was Margaret!
Next I used Google to research further and my search revealed probably another 20 or more famous people named Margaret which is only a few and most of these people lived during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries! This just goes to prove my belief that you can tell the age of a person by their name, after all, I do not think too many Gen X, Y and so on are called Margaret.
Do you know any young people called Margaret? During my school years, there were always so many other girls in my class called Margaret that we all had nick-names and my life-long friends are called Margaret.
Names – we were given them at birth by our parents but they are only names. They do not define who we are as people. I may not always remember a person’s name, but I will always remember the person.
Famous quotes from Margaret Mead –
Always remember that you are absolutely unique – just like everyone else.
We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.
Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within a family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.