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A NAME IS A NAME IS A NAME …

Daily Prompt: Say Your Name
Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?

For some reason I ended up with three names … Robert Leo Richard. That’s what happens when you are the first son, grandson and nephew. The Richard I received because that was the name of the uncle who was my godfather. Soon after baptism this disappeared for ever. The Leo was there because that was my father’s name. Loved my father, but was never crazy about the name. Eventually it just became an much like Harry Truman’s S. When any one asked, I would say it stood for LOVE.

But when you get right down to it, I was named for my Uncle Jerome.

He was christened Jerome Robert some twelve years before I was even conceived. No one knows why he was named Jerome. It’s not really a common name … especially in family tree with totally Polish roots except for a single French women named Julianna Etienne who was my grandmother’s grandmother.  There was a Saint Jerome though …

280px-St.-Jerome-In-His-Study … he was born back in 347 and his name at the time was Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus. Hieronymus is a Greek name  that means holy name but translates into English as Jerome. Thankfully, when my uncle was in grade school the nuns decided that no little boy should be stuck with a name like Jerome and they reversed his given name to begin calling him Robert J. instead. Equally thankfully by the time I came along to be his namesake, everyone knew him as Robert.2 bobsAnd for a long time he was more like my big brother than my uncle …

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So, that’s how I got my name. Oh, for a long time it was Little Bobbie, then Little Bob and eventually Bob, Robbie, Rob, occasionally Numnutz and for a very brief period, Hot Stuff. Also for a while when I had this thing for Batman, I thought about becoming Robin which is on the list of Robert’s diminutives . But like I said at the start,

A name is a name is a name …OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMe … I guess I’ll stick with the name l was given …

and so will my Uncle Bob!

Though his children don’t know he’s really named Jerome.

DAILY PROMPT – Tuesday, October 30

DAILY PROMPT – Pick a random word and do a Google image search on it. Check out the eleventh picture it brings up. Write about whatever that image brings to mind.

What with all the talk about hurricanes and tidal waves, I had actually done a search this morning to discover what the height of a tsunami wave was. Relax, it would not cover the Statue of Liberty … so all of yesterday viral photos were fakes. So my random word  was actually HEIGHT. And here is the photo it revealed …

HEIGHTS OF WORLD LEADERS

Height has a very interesting subject with me, since I have always been somewhat height deprived. My father’s family was hearty Germanic stock filled with statuesque men and women of 6+ feet in height. My mother’s Polish ancestors were another matter. While they fared better than the Seven Dwarfs; they were still looked down on by many.

So my height or lack of same was always in my genes.

So I was always about five foot six. Ok, make that five foot five and a half. Or currently, five foot five. So, I was taller than my mother who never reached five foot — close, but never there. And, while I tower above three of the pictured world leaders, I’m still shorter than Napoleon.

Many people have illusions about height. They think that good equals tall, and short is evil or conniving. That’s why many people feel Adolph Hitler was a short man.0 Wrong, he was actually 5’8″ or 5’9″ — though his WWII foe FDR topped him though at 6’2″. Abe Lincoln was actually our tallest president at 6’4″. Or shortest president was James Madison who was only 5’4″, but then he never topped 100 pounds either.

So, both of my brothers are taller than me, but neither one became a basketball star. And I’ve never hit my head on the hot air ducts in the basement. Also, I was never the shortest person in my grade or high school classes. I was always assured a place in the front row for class photos though.

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