I do not think anyone has ever asked me why “The Tawny” is the name of my blog, which surprises me a little bit. Since Tawny is a color, one might guess that I am using that to mean something related? Perhaps since Tawny is my name, you might think I find myself that important that I prefer to have the article “the” in front of my name? Maybe you think that I think I am one of a kind, and therefore am The Tawny as opposed to simply Tawny?
The truth is that “The Tawny” came about in a relatively silly and innocuous way in 2009. Even though I have tried very hard to stop this habit, I continue to add a “the” in front of all sorts of things. I say, “the television,” “the Publix,” “the Walgreens,” and the just about the everything. The only one that it happens to be correct for is The Home Depot and perhaps they too had a similar issue. Interestingly enough, I do say “Home Depot” rather than The Home Depot.
Some have said this is a hillbilly thing and since I am from WV and am indeed a hillbilly, perhaps there is some truth to that. My dad doesn’t do it, nor does my brother, although my step-mom does tend to add a “the” to her store names. I had never noticed until I was trying so hard to curb this need to add a “the” to things a few years ago.
On my birthday in 2009, a few of my friends got together and they gave me some presents. The envelope on my friend Dawn’s card to me said “The Tawny.” It is the only envelope I have ever put on my refrigerator, and it was still there until recently. I loved it and it was perfect. I chuckled every time I saw it hanging there.
In the early months of 2010, I was looking for something to help me to become a more disciplined writer, so I decided to start a new blog. I had blogged back in 2006-2007 on Yahoo360 when blogging was pretty new, and I don’t recall having to name it. When you start one these days, you have to name it. The Tawny is what I decided to name it, and I thought it worked perfectly.
So, that is the story behind the name. Did you ever wonder about it?
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