Realizations


(Another list, sorry. My writing has declined with the absence of one husband. Will work to correct.)

1. I realized about a month ago that many people probably gave little girls the name “Hope” last year due to the painful overuse of the term by the Obama campaign. I would like to go on record as saying that Maddie’s middle name has nothing to do with politics whatsoever. 2008 was a year of rekindled hope in our family and in my life, and I wanted to use the opportunity of her name as a remembrance, a worshipful signpost in the course of time.

2. I have spelled and said the word “sherbet” incorrectly for my entire life up until this week. (Truth be told, I had to correct that typing of it, as well) I have always said and spelled it “SHER-BERT.” If I hadn’t volunteered for our church’s cookbook committee I might never have realized the error.

3. As much teasing as my name caused me in elementary school — Kelly rhymes with “jelly,” “belly,” and “smelly”– no one ever attempted an insult using the word “deli.” This came to me as I lay in bed doing a crossword puzzle last night.

Now that your life has been changed by this blog post, you may go on with your day.

5 Responses to “Realizations”

  1. Friend of Cirdan

    So, do you think the SHER-BERT thing is in any way tied to New England? I’ve always pronounced it exactly that way too. And because it’s important – my favorite was always the rainbow flavor.

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  2. Melanie

    I’m curious to know what the rekindled hope was for you. I’m hoping that 2009 will be for me as 2008 was for you…

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  3. Kelly

    I poked around a little and discovered that “sherbert” is an acceptable alternate spelling. If it is a New England thing, I wouldn’t be surprised, given our penchant for inserting “r”s where they don’t belong and dropping them where they do. Score!My sister had rainbow sherbert with her birthday cake every year. 🙂

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  4. Kelly

    Melanie, I’ll just say in a very ladylike way that 2007 basically kicked the snot out of me. Healthwise, church-wise, friendship-wise, etc…. When I found out that I was expecting Maddie, I was shocked and upset, thinking there was no way I could handle one more change, and I was terrified that my body might never recover. The pregnancy was difficult physically, as well, and there were days when I gave into despair.But by the time we were ready to finalize her name in the car on the way to the hospital, I was in a completely different place emotionally and spiritually. I had hope again! God performed a good work, and I pray He does the same for you this year.

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  5. Melanie

    Thank you for your honesty. My feelings about this pregnancy mirror yours…and my heartache is similar, but more within my immediate family. I have no idea how I’ll make it through, but I’m starting to hope, though the hope is only a flicker right now. Thanks again for sharing; it gives me encouragement.

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