Sunday, March 15, 2015

What's in a name?

"Good Morning, Mr. Rockower," the ticket agent said to this weary traveler, "Rockower, that is an interesting name."

"Thank you," I replied as I explained its various meanings, including "just passing through."

"It is a good name," she said, "It is a strong name"

I smiled.

"I will name one of my children it."

"Really?!?" I asked as my tired eyes lit up.  "What is your last name," I asked.

"Mrimba, which means 'peace,'" she replied.

So if you are ever in Uganda and meet a "Rockower Mrimba" you will know the interesting provenance of this child's unusual name.

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