What’s in a Name? A Lengthy Response

Hello Fellow Humans:

As a high school freshman, I knew Shakespeare as that old dude who penned the most romantic love story ever written; the statue in Gnomeo and Juliet that nearly leaves the film unresolved with one absent-minded flick of his quill, and he who has maintained his dignity for 450 years in spite of his tights.

It wasn’t until I actually read Romeo and Juliet that I began to question my entire perception of The Bard.

Shakespeare certainly made a name for himself. And it cannot be denied that he was gifted in his understanding of the English language. In fact, he can be credited for the invention of over a thousand words that are now a part of everyday speech.With that being said, we cannot forget that this same man essentially broadcasted dirty jokes to the masses for centuries and rushed down the aisle with the other Ann Hathaway because the couple’s eldest daughter Susanna was involved and born two days shy of six months after the wedding. This is not to say that the bad takes away from the good, or vice versa.

EXPECTATION:

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VS REALITY:

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And as a person created equal to Will, I would like to share my personal perspective and provide an answer to the timely question Miss Capulet poses rhetorically:

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

I can appreciate the sentiment that a Rose is clearly seen as a Rose no matter what we call it–just as human is a human regardless of lineage. Yet a Rose has specific characteristics which resonate with us and speak to its function. It can be used as a token of affection, scarlet as one’s heart. It is a delicate, pliable flower regardless of the thorny, stiff stem that it cannot be cut off from in order to thrive.

The Bible says that “{God} determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” (Psalm 147:4 NIV). In Luke 12:7, Jesus reminds his disciples that they are more precious than sparrows and the Lord has numbered every hair on our heads. I can say with confidence, then, that God cares about every single detail of each of our lives.

Catherine Elizabeth Sukala {Suckala? Suckoola? Sookala.} has more significance than meets the English ear. Catherine means Purity. Elizabeth means Oath of God. And Sukala is a Polish surname that is derived from “Szukala” which means “She was searching.” Putting it all together, I was searching, and God chose me “in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love.” (Ephesians 1:4). He made me Pure, and vowed to start a work in me that He will bring to fruition. And yes, I can say that for both myself and my fellow humans. But I would not want to be called anything else.

Before I finish getting ready for @OakwoodPCA’s 11:15 service, what are y’all up to today? Feel free to comment below :). #LatecontemporaryServicefortheCollegeKids #MyPeeps #Sleepinginforthewin #dayofrest #reflectingonTheWord

💕Catie Wren S{z}ukala 🐱✝🐦

{All gif credits to GIPHY}.

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