Friday, January 3, 2014

W for Wilma

W the initial of my middle name Wilma. A name young Betsy thought ugly and kept secret.

W for Willa Cather, the Great Plaines novelist. My middle namesake. My parents modified it because the name Betsy Willa Fuchs was dangerous if you changed two letters.

W the initial my grandfather Henry W. Fuchs took. He had no middle name and said “W” stood for Hard Work.

W an initial I now embrace and Wilma a name I proudly claim.