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Bobbie’s Beat

Posted: Thursday, Jan 24th, 2013

Bobbie Lippman

The name game and a sparkly affair

Are you a “Beverly?”  Do you know a “Beverly?”  Did you know I used to be one?  I was fine being a “Beverly” until my first day in 9th grade when a pack of popular girls told me I didn’t look like a “Beverly.”  “I don’t?” I asked meekly. “No,” they said emphatically. “But we’ll talk it over tonight, and tomorrow we’ll tell you who you are!”  Huh?  At 13, some of us are desperate to be accepted, and the next day those girls dubbed me “Bobbie.”  My poor parents were not exactly thrilled, but the name stuck. When I see my real name on legal documents, I don’t know who that person is.      

Last week, I walked into Diamonds By The Sea in Newport to ask owner Kathy Heater some questions about the upcoming fundraiser called “Be Jeweled” – the annual jewelry event attended by scores of people hoping to find a treasure at a good price. For months prior to this event, women go through their jewelry and donate what they no longer use or want.  This is a biggie, folks, and the good news is that every penny goes to Food Share, one of the most worthwhile charities in this community. There are way too many grownups and children who would go hungry if not for the services of Food Share.  

But back to Kathy Heater.  Since we women are good at keeping multiple subjects going at the same time, Kathy suddenly segued from jewelry to joy over a brand new (her first) grandbaby whose name is Gibson.  “Gibson?” I asked, eyebrows raised, then added, “What ever happened to names like Stella and Mabel?”

“Oh, those names are back,” said Kathy.   Hmm, I thought, as I drove away thinking of friends who have kids and grandkids with unusual names.  Here are just a few that pique my interest:  Jett, Jaden, Cater, Josiah, Grayson, Weston and Preston.  As for girls, how about Aria (destined to be an opera singer, maybe?), Apryl, Brooklyn, Harper, Aubrey, Peyton. and Riley?   Just look in the newspaper under birth announcements and notice the unusual names being given to babies.  I still can’t believe Mabel is back in town.

After leaving Diamonds By The Sea, I hurried home to go through my jewelry drawer, which I do each year before Be Jeweled.  Some pieces are hard to give up because of emotional attachment.  For instance, I’ve hung onto a bright yellow beaded pin, handmade by an Eskimo patient of my beloved Aunt Victoria way back when she was head nurse of a TB Sanitarium in Seattle. Before Alaska became a state native, Alaskans with TB were cared for in Seattle. One of the Eskimos hand-beaded this pin for my aunt, who later gave it to me.  I’ve been looking at it in my jewelry drawer for over 50 years. The word Seattle is worked into the pin, only it is spelled “Settle,” which adds to the charm.  I reluctantly put the pin in my current donation shoebox, although I can’t imagine anyone ever loving it as much as I have – but it’s time to let it go.  

And now, attention all Beverlys. The last piece I added to the box is a most unusual pendant, made of thin gold wire. Picture a little gold coat hanger from which is suspended a gold circle with the name “Beverly” in the middle of the circle.  I’ve no clue where it came from – certainly not a boyfriend when I was nine years old!

We spent time last weekend at the annual Crab Krak affair with old friends Dr. Sam and Cherie Scheinberg, who used to live here full time and now travel all over the world on business, but they read this column every week.  Sam says he loves the funny stuff, and since they are grandparents of two little girls with unusual names – Pearl and Lulu – the following day brightener seems to fit right in.  This one is for you, Sam. It was sent in by Martha Wenger of Waldport. Notice that all the names of the children are regular old-fashioned common names.

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Little Johnny

Strikes Again    

The teacher asked the class to use the word fascinate in a sentence.  Mary put up her hand and said, “My family went to my granddad’s farm, and we all saw his pet sheep. It was fascinating.” The teacher said, “That was good, but I wanted you to use the word fascinate, not fascinating.”

Sally raised her hand and said, “My family went to see Rock City, and I was fascinated.” The teacher said, “Well, that was good Sally, but I wanted you to use the word fascinate.”

Little Johnny raised his hand. The teacher hesitated because she had been burned by little Johnny before.
 She finally decided there was no way he could damage the word fascinate, so she called on him.
 Johnny said, “My aunt Gina has a sweater with 10 buttons, but her (bosoms) are so big she can only fasten eight.”  The teacher sat down and cried.

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Be sure to attend Be Jeweled on Feb. 9 at the Shilo (doors open at 9 a.m. with no admission charge). It’s not too late to donate your gently used jewels to the cause. You can drop them off at Diamonds By The Sea, the Newport Chamber of Commerce or the Newport Senior Center. 

 I do hope there is a Beverly somewhere who will end up with my little gold treasure.

Bobbie Lippman is a professional writer who lives in Seal Rock with her husband, Burt, their dog, Charley, and a shelter cat named Lap Sitter. Bobbie can be contacted at bobbisbeat@aol.com

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