Making the Best of a Name
For the last two decades and more, we have lived on Rota Circle. I have told many people that all the streets in our neighborhood have Spanish names, and in Spanish Rota means circle, so we lived on Circle Circle. I was assuming that to be true. It made sense to me – rotator, rotary, rotunda, Rota, etc. Last week we had a friend from Mexico visiting with us and when I told her we lived on Circle Circle, she laughed. Then she explained to me that in Spanish, Rota meant broken or wrecked. I looked it up. She was correct. We do not live on Circle Circle, we live on Wrecked Circle. How depressing! How embarrassing. Why would anyone name a street after a something that was broken or wrecked? Names are important. They represent an image. They allow people to make quick judgements. When God created man, he gave him the name Adam, and one of the first jobs he gave Adam was to give names to everything put under his care. The writer of Proverbs said, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches” (Proverbs 22:1). Even Confucius said, “If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things.” I didn’t name my street, even though I tried to translate it, but I need to make the best of it. Any names in your life of which you need to make the best?