"I feel I must praise and thank the Lord for the blessings he has brought to us all!" (Grandmother, in Heidi by Johanna Spyri)
I once asked my parents why they named me "Heidi" and they replied, "It went with Schlumpf." Heidi, of course, is a Swiss name, and so is Schlumpf. My family, on my dad's side, comes from Switzerland. I've liked having a unique name, and one that can't be shortened into a nickname.
A few years ago I started collecting copies of the book Heidi. I found copies in other countries and bought the rest of them on ebay for a few bucks apiece. I have almost 100 copies, stored in my favorite handpainted bookcase. (For a real "Corner of my Home," check out the photo below and see the yarn stash pile around the bookcase. And that's my "home altar" on top.
I have met very few "Heidi"s in my life, but I think it's interesting that in a few months of craft blog reading, I have met three others:
Often when people meet me, they comment on my name, and most older men mention the time that the movie "Heidi" with Shirley Temple interrupted the NFL playoff game at a very exciting point in 1968. People call it the "Heidi Bowl."
So what about your name? Do you like it? Any good stories?