Many, many, many, MANY years ago, I was a shy piano nerd. All I did in high school was play piano; choirs, talent shows, musicals, weddings, funerals, graduations, anything. My senior year, I had this crazy idea that I wanted to sing for graduation. I auditioned and was chosen! It was right after Les Miserables had come out on Broadway and I had chosen the song, "On My Own." It was so soon after the show came out, that a friend of mine who worked at a theatre had to send me the music because it wasn't available.
The big day comes, I'm in my dorky pointy hat (perfectly positioned so that my big hair is unimpeded!) and my space age paper gown, and I sing... I sang my little heart out. My classmates were astonished... they didn't know I could sing. It was a great day. Next day in the paper, my mom yelled to me saying that my picture was in the paper!
I opened up the paper, ready to see my picture, my triumph now complete..... and.......!!!!!
Really? REALLY? I mean, come on!! It's the only freaking thing I had ever done on my own!! (pardon the pun)... You couldn't read the program? You couldn't do that much? Jeez louise!!
So, I recovered from the Karen thing... I thought. A few years later, I was doing a show at the theatre and someone new to the theatre called me Karen... all of a sudden I remembered my graduation. Karen? Do I look like a Karen? A small part of me thought that maybe they remembered my picture and thought that was my name.
Fast forward a few more years. I'm playing for Venango Chorus and a chorus member... who knew me... called me Karen.... WTF!
I was called Karen by a student, I was called Karen by a woman at church, I was called Karen by a nice lady at the library... the list goes on!
So, with that being said.... call me Karen!