A Rose By Any Other Name

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1)

shakespearRecently a friend of mine told me a quite humorous thing. Though the circumstances that brought this matter to light were sorrowful, the end result was one that will definitely make you laugh.

My friend’s father had passed away and left him as the executor of his will. In the process of settling all of his father’s affairs, my friend met with a man named Bomanicious (pronounced, “bom-ah-neh’-shus”).

Bomanicious was the gardener and caretaker of the man’s estate, doing all sorts of odd jobs that kept the place looking great. He had worked for the man for over thirty years.

My friend met with him to let him know that things were going to continue as they were, so not to worry about his future employment. Then he asked, “I’m curious. How did you get the name “Bomanicious” – is that a family name, or what?”

“Bomanicious is not my name,” the man replied with a deep southern accent.

“What?! I’ve known you since I was seven years old, and that’s what we have always called you.”

“I know,” the man replied. “When your daddy hired me, he asked what should he call me. I said, ‘Call me by my initials.”

The rest is history.

Shakespeare got it right, “A rose by any other name, is still a rose.”

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