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What's in a name?


Tuesday, January 08, 2013



As most of you know, my name is Marc, but that almost was something else.

I almost got named Tom, but for some reason, it was decided against being named that.

My brother wanted me named that, but then had second thoughts when my full name would be Thomas, as if that was something bad.

But then, I would have loved that name. It's the name of a famous saint and disciple of Christ.



I often wonder what would have been if Tom had been my name. How different the story of Tom would have been from Marc.

For one thing, Tom wouldn't have been so shy, but more outgoing.



He would have taken risks that I never would have.



He would have climbed that mountain that I now only dream of.





He would have gone to the high school prom.



He would never have seen food as love,



And ended up obese.



So, I have at this time of life, had my close friends call me Tom.



Not an official name change, just a name among friends. And there is a precedent. My favorite author, C.S. Lewis,



insisted his friends call him Jack.



So, in honor of the Tom that could have been, I am embarking on being Tom.



And that was the name of one of my favorite Tolkien characters as well, the jovial Tom Bombadil.



And now, that song by Paul Simon can be true of me.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=
hJGSHMgbB0E


And I'm deleriously happy that Tom has finally emerged, come of the shell he has lived in for 59 years.



Amen.



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TYEDYEGRANNY 1/14/2013 2:41AM

  Tom. Marc. Balto...... I love you my Friend, no matter what you want your name to be. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 1/13/2013 11:34AM

    I'm happy to meet you Tom! Live out loud and be happy!

Karen

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VANALADIEL 1/11/2013 1:56PM

    Very cool!!! Welcome Tom the Terrific to my friends of the heart!!

I like that name too.

Vana

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SURVIVOR61 1/10/2013 1:30PM

    Still Love You TOM....and your Blogs are my favorite and up lift my soul when I feel down..you truly are Saint Thomas to me...
Love Your Sister in Christ Jill

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REGILIEH 1/9/2013 11:43PM

    Tom, good luck! emoticon emoticon

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MOMFAN 1/9/2013 8:17PM

    emoticon emoticon

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67YKCEB 1/9/2013 3:17PM

    hmmmmm My brother is a Thomas (Tom by friends and Tommy by family) ...... And you want to know what ? He never did any of those things. I don't believe that a name makes you. I believe that YOU make you. I knew a woman once that had the same name as me, even the middle, and we were as opposites as black and white.

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IRISBRANDYBUCK 1/9/2013 8:13AM

    You'll always be Robin to me. ;o) *hug*

CS Lewis is awesome.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/9/2013 7:05AM

    not certain if thomas from the bible would have done all that,after all wasn´t his name doubting thomas.would he have been that certain.but if it makes you feel a differant person just by having a differant name go for it tom emoticon

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NITTINNANA 1/9/2013 2:06AM

    Interesting concept - Tom!

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