1. Saying our name - Some of you commented for the first time -- truly appreciated. Just a couple more thoughts on names/identity:
- For those of you who have purchased a domain name for yourself and/or your children or spouse, how do you feel?
- Though I'm not a Hillary Clinton fan, in the context of this discussion, I found the article Clinton prepares to relinquish her independence rather poignant.
- If you need to be naming a baby a baby any time soon, check out What a Lovely Name which helps you select a name by traits. You name the trait -- strength or elegance or brilliance - this website names the name.
- One of my football-following friends shared with me that the football player Chad Johnson changed his name to Chad Ocho Cinco, the number on his jersey. This is no doubt partly a marketing ploy, but doesn't it also signal that his identity is largely wrapped up in his being a football player?
- Should you want to think further on names/identity, I recommend Spindle's End, a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, by Robin McKinley. If you need an 'I'dentity book pick-me-up or want to give an 'I'-dentity book Christmas present that is smartly written, this is the book. 'Sleeping Beauty's name-day is the event that sets the plot in motion.
3. What to give for Christmas? -- Given the fairly universal drive to economize this Christmas, I wonder if we haven't an unusual opportunity before us.
Last week, I was reading an Eagle Scout tip titled "Not your Ordinary VIP letters" by Elizabeth Scannell. Rather than request letters from the President, Senators and Representative, Ms. Scannell thought back to their family's favorite vacation spots, and "wrote to people her son had encountered in those places. A magician he’d met in Branson, Mo., sent him a letter and a magic trick, while another sent him a lifetime of free show admissions. A cruise ship captain sent several T-shirts and other logo items, as well as a personal letter. We all know who most people would consider VIPs. The question is, who are the very important persons in your Eagle Scout’s life?"
In our lives?
Our loved ones' lives?
Several days later I came across my journal from 1993. In it, I had listed several people who were role models to me. Two of them, women, who are just a tad younger than me, continue to be examples What if I were to send them a note this Christmas telling them why they are role models?