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What's in a name

05.27.2014

Charlie Marmalade.  Charlie Marmalade? Yep.  Charlie Marmalade.

That about sums up my thought process when deciding what to name this little venture. Even people that know me fairly well may be scratching their heads a bit. So let me tell you a little story.

After we had our first daughter, my father-in-law started calling her Charlie.  This is not her name.  In my mind, it isn't even close and, here is some unflattering truth, I didn't like it.  It bugged me.  We didn't name her Charlie, why couldn't we just call her by her real name? But good daughter-in-laws don't tell Grandpa not to nickname their grandgirls, so Grandpa called her Charlie.  After a time, along came daughter number two.  Guess what? Another nickname. Can you see where this is going? Yes, he chose Marmalade. Sigh. Marmalade. Another nickname I did not want for my child.

So, Katie, why on earth did you name your company after those irksome little nicknames? Good question.  The answer is simple.  Perspective.

We lost my father-in-law last year. He is gone and right now, at this very moment, I would give a lot of things to hear him call my oldest Charlie or my youngest Marmalade.  I would love to hear him laugh or see that sneaky glint in his beautiful blue eyes he would get when he was pulling my chain. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. I miss him and I am sad my girls will grow up without him around.

So, the name is a reminder. A reminder to cherish those little girls that are currently refusing to go to sleep even though they desperately need it. A reminder to not sweat the small stuff.  A reminder to not take people for granted. A reminder that this journey we are all on is fleeting and we should make the most of it.

 

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Love that pic of the girls.

Love that pic of the girls. Sending you big hugs,lady!

Sweet story!

Sweet story!

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