I am taking part in this year's Blogging from A to Z Challenge. This is my submission for K ...
... is the title of a book by John Green which I haven't read yet. It sits on my kindle after I found it on one of those kindle special deals days. It wasn't recommended, I'd never heard of it, I bought it purely for the name.
For there is one very special Katherine in my life - my daughter. In the final stages of my pregnancy, I found myself in the odd position of knowing what boy's name I would select, but with far too many candidates for a girl. So it was that her hospital tags say unnamed female infant. The frustrating thing is that she had been named. From the time when she punctured my waters and then sat back to take her time before getting those contractions going - I knew. I was in hospital for ages with absolutely nothing happening. I was induced twice to no avail. She was stubborn alright, my lovely Kate, my Katherine, my Taming of the Shrew. I'm pretty sure I burbled to that effect - a lot - but I think they'd stopped listening to me by then. She knows I feel so bad because of those tags, so I get teased. I've shared the full story with her, we went to Stratford to see 'Taming of the Shrew' and we've watched 'Kiss me Kate on TV. My girl's no shrew though. She is graceful and kind, thoughtful and talented. She's not even stubborn. Determined though ... that she is, but quietly with it.
She was named for one other very special Katharine - the utterly marvellous Ms Hepburn. Both Hepburn ladies were quite something, weren't they? But Audrey was so gamine, so petite, never in a million years could I aspire to her style or her looks. But Kate Hepburn - there was a man's woman and a woman with a lot of women friends. She was sporty and classy, naturally funny, coltishly slender and with her own particular style. She was very determined and dignified too. These characteristics my lovely girl did inherit and she wears them well ... although she's done a grand job with Audrey's characteristics too.
In history there have been a goodly selection of Katherines (be that with a C or a K), all with much to shout about: Katherine Dunham academic, anthropologist, choreographer and journalist, the author Katherine Mansfield, King Henry VIII's most highly regarded and respected wives - Katherine of Aragon and Katherine Parr, Empress of Russia - Catherine the Great and lastly, publisher of the Washington Post - Katharine Graham.
I say lastly, but there is one more: Katharine Grubb, the author of Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day, the lady who's drive and determination is shared on a daily basis with other writers via her 10 Minute Novelists group. This particular fledgling writer thanks you!
Is there an abundance of anything or anyone in your life?