Okay, I decided to weigh in here now, because my 'circumstances' with the 'stain' vs 'stein' memory is unique to those which are based on childhood
Warning - you may need to read this more than once for clarity, as I'm not the best at descriptive writing.
First, what follows may seem random, but it is pertinent to the story, as it underscores why my particular memory re: the "Berenstain" name thing is
My maiden name was German and contained the vowel combination 'ei', which my family pronounced with the long 'i' sound, but which was often
mispronounced by others as a long 'e' sound -
- Now, in the late 80's when I was in my mid 20's, I was a live in nanny for a child who loved the "Berenstein Bears" books, which I distinctly
remember with the 'ei' spelling...
...I have two reasons for feeling my memory on this to be particularly valid:
1. The memory is from well into my adulthood, and even better...
2. The memory of the spelling is reinforced by the fact that almost every time I picked up one of those books, I would ponder on whether the authors
pronounced "Berenstein" with a long 'e' or a long 'i' and if it frustrated them as much as it did me (with my maiden name) when people got the
- to underscore my (possible) 'timeline shift' experience even further:
Flash forward just a bit over 10 years (early 2000's) when I have my own child, and imagine my surprise as she's watching PBS one morning to hear an
announcement, "Coming up next, "The Berenstain Bears show"...
....and thinking to myself how weird it was (remember I only 'heard' the name at that point) that they pronounced the 'ei' with a long 'a' sound...
...and then imagine my absolute befuddlement on catching the end credits to the show and seeing that the name wasn't just pronounced with the long 'a'
- but was actually spelled with an 'a' rather than the 'e' that I knew I remembered distinctly 'precisely because' of that 'ei' similarity to my name
and how often I had wondered about correct pronunciation...
So, there ya go, I hope I've explained it all clearly enough to illustrate my point about having a rather unique perspective on this whole thing..
edit on 25-8-2015 by lostgirl because: (no reason given)