wherever you go, there you are


Today I went before a judge along with a dozen others, and changed my name. It was anachronistic to be in court – an environment that’s usually fraught with negative emotions – and be surrounded by happy people. There were no losers in that room; we were all pretty delighted. It reminded me of how the maternity ward is the only one in the hospital that’s full of joy, not sorrow. And in some ways, it felt like a (re)birth.

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Later my buddy Clif sent me this picture, captioned “Wherever you go, there you are.” It made me laugh, and feel doubly glad that I now share initials with my lovely mama. The Guy, witty punster that he is, commented that “Running Water” should now be my native name.

Yeah, I’ll go with that. What’s not to love?

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  1. My dear friend, I love that I have seen you through so many life landmarks, and you become more beautiful with each one. This one is extra special. You are Hashi, Running Water.
    Did I ever tell you that my native name is Deep Water & Clouds? Officially! That guy of yours is pretty special 😊

    I always knew that we were family. Congratulations! Much, much love.

  2. I love you…no matter what temperature the water is !!! xoxo

  3. Louise

     /  April 7, 2015

    Happy birthday Hashi! Hope you have a wonderful day. Visited your dear Mum’s resting place last month and was reminded of your shared initials. We are coming to USA in June but just North East (Boston for grad ceremony, then driving to Chicago, where Matt now lives, exploring and hiking). At least we’ll be on the same continent. Love from Down Under.


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