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!”