“Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.” Bill Cosby

Apparently, being bodacious began for me at a very early age, because Bill Cosby’s quote fit perfectly for my growing up years!

Either that or I had that common hearing condition which plagues most children… I am sure you know it, the dreaded Selective Hearing Syndrome.

Why the name topic, you ask? Well, my Bodacious and Fearless Leader has put the task before her minions to talk about what is in a name, namely my name!

Why were you given your name?

This is an easy one, I was named after my mother, who was named after a relative (not her mother, but rather a beloved aunt), and I in turn did likewise with my first born. We all share Kathryn in our name.

What does it mean?

The meaning of the name is Pure, Virginal. Honestly, people, I cannot make this shit up.

Has your name influenced you as a person / your personality?

Well, the obvious answer here is yes, I mean really…have you ever met a more pure or virginal person?

What, you are not buying it? Hmm, neither am I.

Frankly, I do not believe a name influences me, I believe that I influence me! The name is just along for the ride, and what a ride it is!

However, I now know who has been whispering in my ear “don’t do it”… it is that Pure and Virginal Kathryn Chick. Good thing I find myself still occasionally plagued by that Selective Hearing Syndrome!

What does your name mean to you?

I like the connection to my ancestry through my name; it is comforting and makes me feel linked to my past in a unique way. However, I wish I had been bolder about my feelings regarding what others called me while growing up. I have never, ever liked the name “Kathy” and wanted to be called Kate, which no one ever did. But as an adult, I find that I am comfortable with whatever someone calls me, be it Kathy or Kat, because I know that a name is just a label that neither defines me nor limits me.

I am so much more than that.

Finally, if you are interested in following all the Bodacious Belles, you will find links to their blogs later today on the Recommended Reading page.

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