14/04/2021 – Day 14
A Dramatic Monologue.
The Definition of the Name, Carolyn, Caroline or Carolina.
Or(What is in a Name?)
With the definition of my first name, Carolyn, Caroline or Carolina, already we have conflict. The name Carolyn is Germanic, the feminine of Karl meaning free or free man, or in my case, free woman.
My name is also French, the female version of Charles, meaning; you've guessed it, free woman but it also means strong, so a strong, free, woman - maybe?
Now add this to the mix, in Spanish 'caro' and 'lyn' mean worthwhile and beautiful, so we have a beautiful, worthwhile, strong, free woman.
Then there are more labels to consider, how we humans like to label one another, don't you find? Well, of course you do. How about humble and bold? Could I be humbly bold or boldly humble? How silly is that? Loyal and trustworthy, now you see how those fit together nicely don't they?
Has a great sense of curiosity...hmmm...not sure about that, the other side of that coin is being nosy - not a nice characteristic at all.
They like to feel loved? Well, don't we all? All people, whatever their names like to feel loved.
Now the name, Caroline in the Bible, no less, means a song of happiness or joy. I didn't know my name was in the Bible - that was a surprise. So there you have it from the sublime to the ridiculous.
So I think I will write the following:
"The definition of Carolyn is a song of happiness and joy; a bold, strong, free woman, who is loyal and trustworthy, worthwhile and beautiful, who likes to be loved.
Yes, that is much better. We won't mention Germany and France we don't want to put off any potential suitors on this international dating site do we?
And last but not least, our (optional) prompt for the day. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that delves into the meaning of your first or last name. Looking for inspiration? Take a look at this poem by Mark Wunderlich, appropriately titled “Wunderlich.”