If you're ever on a game show and quizzed about Twila Belk, you might want to be aware of these fun and little known facts.
There's just something about that name.
1. In my early years, my nickname was Twittle X. My full nickname was Twittle X Doc Seawaddle. Sometimes it was shortened to Twittle. Some called me Twit. And my high school Spanish teacher called me Twid. My precious oldest brother, however, called me Zone.
2. When I got married I was excited to take on the Belk family name and pass it on to my children. Belk is a good, strong name--seen all over the South in department stores. While my husband was doing some genealogy research on the computer, he discovered a little tidbit about the family name. Can you imagine how excited I am now, knowing that my last name in English means "to vomit?"
3. Believe it or not, I am a certified, bonified journeyman machinist. I even have a card from the Rock Island Arsenal somewhere to prove it. When I went through the apprenticeship program, I experienced an occasional mishap with the machine I was running and became known by some not so very nice people as "Boom Boom Belk."
4. My husband and I owned and operated a Christian bookstore called StraightWay for nine years. Twila Paris (the wonderful singer) was in town for a concert, and we arranged to have her come to the store for an autograph party. At the time we had an employee by the name of Twyla. (She couldn't get the spelling right.) We were the Trilas. During the party, a customer with our name joined us. I wish I had thought to put up a banner that said "You are now entering the Twila zone."
Stay tuned: I might add more fun facts later.