April 8, 2011 at 01:43pm
March 17, 2011 – Thursday
WORD FOR THE DAY "Erin" (n.) (AIR-en) – 1) “Ireland;” 2. “peaceful.” It’s origin is Gaelic. Example: The Erin I know is named after two islands – the “Emerald Isle” of Ireland and Belle Ile (Brittany), just off the coast of France, which means “beautiful island.”
ERIN. What’s in the name?
The Erin I know is named after two islands – the “Emerald Isle” of Ireland and Belle Isle, just off the coast of France, which means “beautiful island.” This wasn’t planned by her parents; it’s just a coincidence. “Erin” also means “peaceful.” However, it’s a stretch to look at any teenage girl and have the expectation of peacefulness. She is a mixed bag of potential and preciousness and pluck!
In some respect, this precocious 14-year-old is an “island” unto herself. As a young teen, she’s sometimes introspective and quiet. (Adults may call it “moody” or “hormonal.”) However, it’s very normal for a girl to look at herself in light of her transition from child to young adulthood. As an observer and, if she lets me, a participator in her development, I often wonder what’s percolating behind those beautiful eyes with the long, full (“to-die-for”) eyelashes. How is she doing in high school? Does she have a special friendship? Are the young men responding to her? How are the grades? Where does she want to be in five years?
(Really, how DOES one strike that delicate balance between support and pressure, love and nagging, advice and a big turn-off?)
She has aspirations of becoming a nurse, but she could easily be a drummer in a band, she’s that quick with rhythms. She has an athletic, petite dancer’s body, and now, after resisting efforts by adults to keep her in dance lessons, she wants to learn ... (Hurray! It’s not too late.) There’s a big difference when it’s her decision. If she puts her mind to a task, she’s committed. (Independently, she’ll get to the exercise room and run on the treadmill, or she’ll make sure she completes her hundred sit-ups each night.) Supported by adult encouragement, she’s improved her grades, knowing Math and Science are important for a career. But, she’s also still a kid, thinking up inside jokes with her best buddies, defying teachers if she feels "disrespected", and refusing to eat the vegetables on her plate, even tho’ she knows they’re good for her.
She’s a social gadfly, flitting around between her texting, Facebook visiting, IPod listening, and her friends. (Really. Is school supposed to be a place for learning?) Sometimes, it’s difficult to get her attention or for her to concentrate on what’s happening in the world around her. (I guess there’s a little more time before she needs to become so aware of the world’s issues, problems, and whether she’s be able to collect Social Security benefits when she’s 65!)
You know, I could go on with more of the wonders that describe my Erin, the girl with the two names, each meaning an island. Today, she is “green.” She is beautiful. She is an island, surrounded by turbulent waters, sometimes by tranquil. But, ALWAYS, she is surrounded by LOVE. And, isn’t that what gives real meaning to living?
Discover Ireland. Go to: http://www.discoverireland.com/ for photos of this green jewel.
Discover Belle Ile. Go to: http://www.belle-ile.com/ The website is all in French. However, click on “Venir” for a drop-down menu. Click on “Belle-ile” for a slide show of the sites.