โ€œNames are a great mystery. I’ve never known whether the name is molded by the child or the child changed to fit the name. But you can be sure of this – whenever a human has a nickname it is a proof that the name given him was wrong.โ€

-John Steinbeck ~ East of Eden

101_0012Four years ago (June 30th, 2009) my daughter was born. Her birth was long and tedious; the most painful and harsh of all my kids. After back labour, a dry birth, and having my vagina ripped in two, I should have known something was up. But I was too deliriously happy to finally have my little girl that I ignored the ominous foreshadowing. My daughter, my angel, my princess… she’s tougher than her brothers and twice as calculating.

Nothing about raising my girl has ever come easy. Not even choosing her name. When we finally settled on Eden (whose meaning is “delight”) I knew it was hers. Her name conjured images of swaying willow trees, bright red roses, and babbling brooks. She was named after the most beautiful garden in the universe – so I expected some sweet little sprite – instead I got a mischievous Tinker Bell stand in (that asshole one from Disney’s “Peter Pan” movie). If you ever happen to fly whimsically over her head rest assured she’ll shoot you down, for no other reason than it was fun.

During the course of my daughter’s life she’s been called “Eden” less and less. Her nickname is now the most used word in our house, “EDIE!!!!” Out of curiosity I looked up the meaning of “Edie” and I had to laugh at how much better it suited her.

Edie: prosperous in war/ Providential Battle/ Happy warfare / Spoils of war.

People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They tend to be optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily. They may be changeable, restless, untidy, and rebellious.

I’m not sure I could describe my daughter anymore accurately than the above. She is the most exhausting yet fascinating little creature you’ll ever meet. My little Edie may never be described as a “delight” but if you’re looking for an exciting adventure, she has it in spades… my life hasn’t been dull since she was born.

Happy Birthday Edie, don’t ever change.

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