What’s in a name?

I went to school with a guy named Chris Scott. That was his first name and his last name. Chris. Scott. The whole time we were in school from first grade through our senior year, I always call him Chris Scott.  In my head he was never just Chris. Finally our senior year of school he said to me, you know you can call me Chris. But I never could.

Lula Harp is kind of the same way. While I am Lula, in my head I’m not just Lula.

Lula Harp was born out of creativity and a need to have a creative space to share my ideas, creations, thoughts, conundrums, and adventures. I have always been crafty. For years I had a small business in the basement making soap, lotions, and pretty smelling things. Ultimately I felt very limited by the name I had chosen. It suited me well for some time, but it ran its course. I spent months trying to find a new name. I heard a story on NPR, and Lula Harp as you know her here, was born.

I write because I love playing in the kitchen, in the garden, with my camera, and with whatever shiny object catches my eye. This place gives me somewhere to record my experiments. This is my special place, where I can hide behind a lens if I want or spew my guts out. I write because it helps me stay focused, centered, and quiets the constant noise in my head.

While I haven’t seen him in years, and have no idea where life took him, I still think of him as Chris Scott.

Lula Harp

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I'm a mad scientist trying to find my tools.

6 thoughts on “What’s in a name?

  1. Lula, I have found many of my old high school friends through Facebook. It amazes me how similar, yet very different their lives are from mine. I recently found a boy I knew as a geeky, awkward teen who lived one street over from mine and was one of the funniest people I knew. He is grown into a tall, handsome man who married and moved to England, where he is a school teacher married to a Swedish woman. He turned out to be an uber liberal, which surprised me since his family was uber conservative. I didn’t go looking for him, he just popped up to reply to a comment that another friend of mine had posted. I have located most of my old schoolmates who I hope to see again some day on FB. The only problem is, the more people you friend on FB, the more junk you have posting to your timeline and it takes too long to go through all of the posts!

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      1. Well, I haven’t found that many creeps on FB, mostly because my “friends” are family members and a select few work and school friends. My family is so big and far-flung, it’s the only way I can keep track of what is going on with them!

        I guess I’d have to say I don’t give a hoot about 99% of my old schoolmates, either. Just the ones I was close with.

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