My maiden name was Cindy Butchee; I’m now Cindy Wilkinson. Hello, Googlers! Just thought I’d get that out of the way first thing.
I was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Moved around quite a bit, finally landed in Seattle, got married, had a kid. Moved to Raleigh, NC, had another kid, then got divorced.
It’s all kinds of crazy. Buy me a drink sometime and I’ll tell you the whole saga.
Oh, and in case you were wondering what PooBou means, here’s the story:
Ever since I was a baby, my parents have called me Pooh, as in Winnie. For whatever reason, they still call me that. It’s one of those nicknames that absolutely mortified me in junior high and high school, but it just wouldn’t go away.
Also, my maiden name started with a syllable that sounds like Boo (Butchee), and I’ve had a few friends over the years who’ve called me Boo. Which, oddly, never bothered me at all — I think it’s kind of cute.
When I was about 18, one of my friends learned of my parents’ nickname for me, put the 2 names together and came up with “pooboo”. Since this was back in the early 90’s and Internet access was suddenly becoming really huge, I signed up for my very first AOL account (ooooh, 14.4K dial-up, baby!). I tried to make my screen name PooBoo, but that was taken, so I changed the last O to a U. And PooBou was officially born. Somehow it’s stuck with me for well over a decade now.
See, I told you it was boring.