A Rose by any other name

A Rose by any other name is sweet, according to Shakespeare. But in my case I really am a Rose – a Rose Ann.  I was named for my grandmother Rose and my grandmother Ann. Who knew that the cartoon ‘Underdog’ would influence what I would be called for the rest of my life which is not Rose, but Polly.

sweet polly
Sweet Polly Purebred and Underdog

It started as Sweet Polly (when I was only a year old) by my brothers who thought I cried like Sweet Polly. The Sweet dropped off pretty quickly.

Sweet Polly probably had a reason to cry given those bad ass brothers behind her.

I have tried to change back to Roseann a few times in my life like in college and again for my first few professional jobs. New acquaintances were fine calling me Roseann, but every one else thought it sounded funny. So I returned to Polly around age 28.

This past year has been full of incredible experiences for me, like figuring out how to live a sober life in a drinking city. So I decided it was about time I get a tattoo. You can blame Facebook for constantly running tattoo ads in my newsfeed. I am very susceptible.

I always wanted a small thorny black rose which felt full of different meanings for me. It was to acknowledge my birth name, the thorns representing my rough side and the leaves representing my inner circle.

At the Black House Tattoo in Prague

So as a small Russian girl was carving into my leg, someone else was carving into my niece’s leg. My niece, Fiona Rose, and I had been connecting more and more via email this past few years but we never talked about tattoos.Β  So it was a lovely surprise when I saw her post a picture of hers. It was extra special that we could see each other in Montana to admire each others ink. It made us laugh even harder that we both had the same color of nail polish on – but only on one toe!!!

Roseann Polly Story & Fiona Rose Story

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Susanne Zeller says:

    So lovely memories! But, sorry Polly for being a nuisance but there is still this disturbing “from pollytopavel” in the subtitle! See you next week! Best, Susanne



    1. Hi Susanne, I have it changed to from pollytopavla but I can see it still shows author is pavel. Hmmm. Something to figure out.
      Thanks for reading the blog! πŸ™‚


  2. Heide says:

    The small Russian girl did a lovely job for you β€” and what beautiful symbolism you’ve brought to this rose, too. For once susceptibility to Facebook’s marketing paid off, I would say. πŸ˜‰


    1. Thanks! I was happy with it πŸ™‚

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