So...I am thankful for the name 'Veronica' for several reasons...the first being, as a new immigrant to Canada my mother learned English by reading the Archie comics, and thus my name. Throughout my life I always heard, 'Where's Archie?' or why aren't you called Betty? And though Betty was my favorite (I loved Archie comics) and Veronica seemed rather grouchy and entitled, I've always liked my name. Until recently I had only met one other Veronica so I felt kind of special having an uncommon name, unfortunately because it was uncommon I was often called any name that began with a 'V' (Victoria, Valerie, Verna) rather than Veronica...and I'm not fond of 'Ronny' (though people occasionally call my husband & I the Two Ronnies - he's Ron).
Secondly, when I was in third grade I learned how to draw by constantly drawing and re-drawing the characters from the Archie comics. I was labelled a dreamer but I was okay with that...I just wanted to learn to draw so badly.
And finally, while I was in college I was introduced to Elvis Costello and his song titled 'Veronica'...I still love that song. It may seem a bit depressing but one line in particular resonates with me...'Veronica sits in her favorite chair, she sits very quiet and still'...I think that's beautiful.
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