Call Me “Kow Kow.”

15 Jun

Today, I thought I’d introduce you to my muse; otherwise known as my mother. And, while she answers to several names–“Kay,” (her Americanized name, used by her American-born friends), “Kaukab,” (her given Lebanese name), and, of course, “Mom,” I can’t help but smile when I think back to the time of my childhood (this being one of the few good ones) when my younger cousin erased the final sounds of her name and replaced her given one with “Kow Kow.”  For several years, a mind-picture of a cow was curiously attached to her name. Alas, my mother’s father raised sheep in the northern fields of her native land, Lebanon. No cows were ever seen.

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