"Introducing Berta (c) 2015"
I dropped off buttons to Greenbrier Distillery and they gave me this cool shirt. It ended up changing my life... well, my name at least!
I am in 3rd grade at the University School of Nashville. I have 3 dogs and two cats. (Peto, Turbo, Jean Paws Van Damme, Onion and Bananas). My dog Jean Paws is in my logo. I love to ride bikes, skate on my pennyboard, draw and paint, make patterns, sing and dance and I love French, Bonjour!
Technically my name is Henrietta and people used to call me Hanke. That was my name when I was 8 years old and started my button company. When I was given a shirt from one of my button customers it had the name "Berta" on it. I decided to use the name Berta for my art drawings. And then by the time the summer ended and school was starting I decided to go ahead and change my name to Berta*. I may change it back to Henrietta some day, but I don't know when. *As of Birthday #9, Berta is now: Gertrude The Three Legged Cat Nine Eyes.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUTTON BUSINESS?
One day in the car my mom asked my sister (Madeline) if she wanted to start a button making business and my sister said no. I raised my hand and I told my mom that I wanted to start a button making business and she said okay, so I did! The lady told me I am the youngest person she has given a business license to and now my sisters even work for me!
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