It’s a vague memory – the day the Native Americans came to my preschool. I do remember making our costumes. Brown, paper grocery bags were fashioned into vests and headbands, which we painted with colorful designs.
We sat with the men in a circle and though I can no longer recall their faces, I remember sensing their sincere presence as they sat among the preschoolers, granting each one of us our own Native American name. This name-giving ceremony felt special and I soaked mine in with eager reverence.
Now at age 37, I’m flipping through my journal when I come across a random doodle from a few weeks back. Suddenly my name comes flooding back to me: Shining Branch.
Don’t know what it means, but there it is.