What’s in a Name?

Personal Pedagogy, Random

We are always told not to judge a book by its cover, but nobody tells you not to judge a book by its title. We put a lot of power in names, and most of the time your name, title, Ms. or Mrs., etc sets you up for how people perceive you. I always think about what I am going to name my children, the ramifications/freedoms of not getting legally married and taking W’s last name, and  even unique titles for my mundane to-do lists such as “Get ‘er done,” and “Chores no Mores.” I love titles and what they signify, but when it came time to title this blog, I got really anxious because I didn’t know which direction to go in. What few words could sum up what I am trying to do here? What is something that is intriguing, yet something that totally and utterly screams ME? What is something that encompasses what I am passionate about, e.g. traveling, reading, thrifting, laughing, and crafting? (And also my new venture into owning a business.)

I keep a small notepad on me for whenever somebody suggests I try something or if there is a title of a book, a song, or anything else that is intriguing at the time that I want to look further into. (This is also where The Tinderbox came from.) This notebook is the inspiration for starting this blog, so I started flipping through it to see if something stood out that could act as a great title. I searched and searched until I came to a page that said, “Lots of yesterdays ago I said I would do something. I never got it done.” It took me a long time to remember why I had written that. Luckily, I bookmark EVERYTHING online and starting scrolling down the saved web sites and finally found an article titled, “We All Have “Lots of Yesterdays”: How Creative Nonfiction Enlivens the Secondary Writing Classroom.” As a former HS English teacher, I really loved to teach and focus on creative nonfiction and was most likely researching interesting ideas and topics to use in the classroom. In the article the author explains how he asked his students to write in the voice of someone other than their own, and the example given was written in the voice of a child: “Today daddy and mommy said that Jennifer and me were going to get a playhouse. I’m so happy! I asked mommy and daddy for a playhouse lots of yesterdays ago.

I guess the idea of “lots of yesterdays” really stuck with me. I, like most people, tend to leave some things undone. I never follow-up with the HS classmate I saw randomly at the supermarket while visiting my mother, never fully commit to a garden I started last Spring, or never write anything even though that makes me a big hypocrite when I told students for years in class that they should constantly try to find their voice and write as often as possible.

So that’s the title. To remind me there are lots of yesterdays that I said I would do something, and lots of yesterdays that I should commit plenty of presents to get done.

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