What’s in a name?

As a child, teachers couldn’t pronounce my name, Gwynn Ellyn.  The teachers would look at my first name, Gwynn, and stutter. Even now, just looking at my name, people don’t know whether I am male or female.  What is in a name? Good question.  Mom and dad said they pulled my name off a Welsh map, as my dad’s side of the family is from Conwy, Wales. However, I’ll be darned if I can find the town of Gwynn Ellyn, Wales!

I’m a mishmash of genetics… tall like my dad, reddish, auburn, curly hair like my mom, a people-person like my dad, yet darn stubborn like my mom. I care about people. I respect people for who they are inside. I love to connect people or organizations that can help one another. I’m a very visual learner, and an extreme “big picture” person. I’m quiet and shy, yet friendly. I am serene one minute and bounce off the wall the next!  I love warm connections. I love intelligent, vivacious people. Plus, there is nothing like a good, healthy debate regarding some forbidden subject like religion or politics.  I can be a damn good “devil’s advocate!

I love the water.  So I body surfed, I did water ballet, and I taught swimming and water safety. I love to dance, whether it is making funky moves to make my granddaughters laugh, or ballroom dancing, or simply moving to rock and roll.  I love movement and rhythm. I love the complexity of mother-nature and the soothing sounds coming from Father Neptune. I see the birds swoop and the leaves fall.  I cherish the vivid reds, whites, yellows, and all the colors that represent the change of each season.

I can roar with laughter or politely chuckle. I cry at the drop of a hat at an injustice done to someone or at a sad movie or listening to a sad story. I HATE violence. I respect people, but it is a two-way street… people must respect me too, to receive respect in return.

However, where I differ from my parents… I like to change. I don’t want to remain unhappy, unheard, and dominated.  I’m 60 and I have FINALLY found a voice.  Now you can hear me ROAR!

So, if you ask me what’s in my name, my response is likely to be “a lot of German and Welsh determination and persistence!”

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About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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10 Responses to What’s in a name?

  1. Beautifully written, Gwynn. Your words roll off your pen (well, keyboard) like your name. Frankly, Gwynn Ellyn sounds like the name of a town on the Philadelphia Main Line — Bryn Athyn, Bryn Mawr, Bala Cynwyd, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Narberth, and so on, all towns named by the Pennsylvania Railroad because they wanted to attract people to move to places that sounded as beautiful (and they are) as the Welsh countryside so that they could attract riders. Gwynn Ellyn — Ah, yes. I remember the train station there.

  2. patgarcia says:

    Hi,
    Roar On, dear heart Roar On!
    I am so happy that you have found your voice. So, happy to be expecting many more great things from you and especially happy that you love to change.

    Great work, Gwynn and I am very well pleased at what I have read so far.
    Wishing you all the best from a small village town in Germany.
    Ciao,
    Patricia

  3. patgarcia says:

    Hi,
    Roar On, dear heart Roar On!
    I am so happy that you have found your voice. So, happy to be expecting many more great things from you and especially happy that you love to change.

    Great work, Gwynn and I am very well pleased at what I have read so far.
    Wishing you all the best from a small village town in Germany.

    Ciao,
    Patricia

  4. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Rees, Thanks for commenting on my blog. I hope you are reading it for a purpose rather than selling your product. I truly care about people and learning. We can learn a lot from one another, if we give it a try.

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