When I was growing up my nickname was Chou Chou. My family, family friends, neighbors, even the mailman called me that! My mom's neighbors still do! I am almost 50 for goodness sake! In France it was, and still is, acceptable. But in the 70's, here in the U.S., it was just weird. My friends wanted to know why in the world my name was Shoe Shoe! When people saw it in writing they pronounced it Chow Chow. There were many days I would come home from school crying and feeling a little weird. Mom would tell me it is a good name, it means you are favored, my pet, my cabbage, my cream puff. "Mon Petit Chou, you are favored," she would tell me. At 8 years old I was all "Wanhhhhh" I want a new name!
Fast forward 40 years and I wanted my old name back! And I got it! In a different way, but it's mine. (My dear honey says he won't call me that, it's too weird. Whatever!) I had been struggling for over a year on what to name my boutique. I had prayed about it and waited. This came to me suddenly and I just felt it to be so right. My Boutique here in Colorado Springs is now called Mon Petit Chou Chou. It is located in the American Classics Marketplace , 1850 N. Academy Blvd. (Nothing like a little self-promotion right?!) I create and sell Romantic, Cottage, Shabby, Vintage and Frenchy things. I blog about it here.