As is often the case at the end of a long work day, I look to Word Press for inspiration. Typically, I can find something to connect with when I read the Daily Prompt, but today I had to dig deeper. One of the bloggers that I follow, Sabethville, used a prompt that I thought might be fun, so here it is:
“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?
My mother wanted a St. Patrick’s Day baby. My two older sisters, one born on March 19th, the other on the 14th, did not arrive on the all-important March 17th; but I did! If I had been a boy I may not have been named Kelly, but that is a moot point these 51 years later.
Luckily for me Kelly is a family name; my mother’s maiden name. For most of my childhood I remember being the only Kelly in my school. When I got to high school there were a few more, but they spelled their names wrong, ending it with an “ie” or “ey”. When I got to college, I met another girl named Kelly — spelled the same way, with long blonde hair and blue eyes like me, AND, born on St. Patrick’s Day!
My name was given to me by my parents. In the Irish tradition it has several meanings: brave, warrior, lively. I’ve worked hard to live up to my name and thank my parents for giving it to me on that very special day. I wouldn’t change it for anything!