The stunning graphic above was designed on a whim. As a child I was bombarded with unwelcome responses when people learned my name: Rikki- Tiki- Tavi! (We watched the cartoon version of it in elementary school, what seemed like every year; I dreaded it.) Ricky Ricardo! How did kids in the 80’s know about “I Love Lucy”, enough to mock me with it? And others- zingers like, “That’s a boy’s name!” Another one that rhymes with Ricky Ricardo, but is not Ricky Ricardo. So many questions, but mainly: Why? The answers are beyond me, but I have theories. My mother told me once that my father named me after a football player, but she didn’t know who, because she didn’t like football. Me neither. I once saw a sign for a law firm in New Albany with the name “Ricke & Associates” spelled like mine, which is unusual. Also, the year I was born, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” was number one. Now Dear Reader, that I’ve shared all you need to know to steal my identity, please enjoy my student loan debt! Well, anyway, the above animal is a mongoose, like Rikki-Tiki-Tavi, from the Rudyard Kipling book about a mongoose that protects a boy and his family from cobras. Mongooses are fierce snake killers you see. An online quiz result once said I’d be a Honey Badger if I was an animal, but a Mongoose might be better.
Hello, my name is Ricke Elaine Ballard Gritten. I am currently a student at IUPUI working towards a Masters in Library Science. I enjoy cult television and movies, books and travel. I am a mother of two girls and am husbanded by Kevin, and act as steward to two cats, Hermione and Bandit. This website is designed to showcase library science coursework.
Family photography featured in slide show by Danielle Smith Thompson. Check out her work at Makiaimages!