I wrote a post on this blog back in 2009 that I need to change/clarify. In that post I was choosing a nickname for my friend who ended up becoming my girlfriend. I thought long and hard about what to call her and where I was in life played a huge role in my choice.
“As I thought about what to call her here, at least for now, I thought that Fleur-de-lis was perfect.”
That term, while appropriate for her, came to mean so much more to me than a nickname for someone who was important to me. It came to signify much of my transformation and the direction I was headed. And while she is no longer my girlfriend, she is still extremely important to me. She is someone I know I can count on no matter what. She was there for me during a hugely strange and chaotic time in my life and was a major champion of my self-discovery. We enjoy each other and I look forward to having a front row seat to her accomplishments! She thinks it’s somewhat silly to have nicknames for people on my blog, but I don’t like using real names. And since the word Fleur de lis is more of a representation of my journey than a definition of who she is, I want to change her nickname. From now on, she will be called Chicory Root. Partly because it makes me smile and partly because of this…
Chicory root has a long history of providing support to liver problems. Ancient Romans used the herb to help cleanse the blood. Egyptians were known to consume chicory root in large amounts to help purify the liver and the blood. It’s popular today as a caffeine free replacement for coffee- you may have tried it if you’ve visited New Orleans.
I’ve highlighted the verbs because they remind me of her, Chicory Root. Everyone needs a friend like that!