A Rose by Any Other Name…

In the play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  I’ve often wondered would I be me if my folks had named me Harriet or Bonnie instead of Kay?  Did I grow into my name?  And by default or design become a Kay which definition means to rejoice?  (That fits as I tend to be a noisy critter.)  Would I be a more introspecting individual if I’d been named Fern or Violet?   More elegant or graceful if I’d been called Anastasia or Grace?

There are a lot of quirky baby names afoot.  So much so I need to buy a new book of baby names for my research.  Recently a state’s Children Services Division removed children from their home because of the monikers their parents gave them–Adolf Hitler and Arian Race.  Since, the state’s Supreme Court declared the move unconstitutional and returned the children to their folks.  I suppose, once school age, the poor babies could call themselves Addie and Allie.  But sooner or later, those kids will suffer because of their parents’ warped prejudices and or, senses of humor.

For more than 150 years, the phrase, “Your name is mud,”  has been used as a threat.  It comes as a results of the actions of Dr. Mudd, convicted of helping John Wilkes Booth escape after the actor shot Abraham Lincoln.  If he’d not be executed first, Dr. Mudd may have considered changing his sir name.

People change their names for all kinds of reasons.  I changed mine from Kay Darlene Hancock to Kay Darlene Rizzo.  I did it for love.  My father reversed the order of his first and middle name, from Merton Norman to Norman Merton.  Why, I do not know.  During WWII sons of German immigrants named Karl replaced the K with a C to escape the Nazi stigma.  Perhaps, one day,  Addie and Allie will do the same.

Whether or not they choose to keep their birth names or have them legally changed, one thing is certain.  If they give their hearts to God, Isaiah 62:2 KJV promises, “And the Gentiles shall see Thy righteousness, and all kings Thy glory;  and… be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.”

So don’t despair, any of you who lament receiving your birth label.  I know from experience the goodness of the Lord is endless.  I know for certain that whatever name He chooses for Kay will fit just right, like a pair of worn jeans or like the aroma of the “rose.” Great promise, huh?


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