I stood mesmerized watching a single autumn leaf gracefully fall—much like a feather descends in slow motion— only to land like a golden crown atop a vehicle’s roof.
The scene made me think of my name. Laurie means “laurel crowned” and is derived from the Pythian games, a forerunner of the modern Olympic games. The laurel tree was sacred to the god Apollo, and a woven crown of laurel leaves was placed on the victor’s head to set them apart as champion.
It is also the source of the word “baccalaureate,” indicating academic achievement. The terms “poet laureate” and “nobel laureate” also derive directly from the practice of bestowing a laurel garland for a victory or a notable achievement.
The expression “resting on his laurels” is commonly used to describe a person who is so satisfied with their past achievements that they are no longer trying to accomplish anything new. Not an accurate description of me, I’m “a rolling stone gathers no moss” type of person.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to do a little research and answer…
What does your name mean?
© Laurie Buchanan