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I am surrounded by supportive loving people who strive to live God’s Plan. They look to Divine Providence for the answers and love their country with all their might and are not afraid to stand witness for Truth. In that light, I would like to share a story with you about the change in spelling of my name.
I am named after my great grandmother on my paternal mothers side. Sofia Guerra was known in circles in the old country and here in the USA as a real “scooch”. “Scooch” a term of endearment to Italians and Americans of Italian descent for someone who’s personality is a little more than outgoing. Needless to say Nonna Sofia kept us on our toes.
When I was born, the hospital unfortunately recorded my name as Sophia instead of Sofia, which is the Italian spelling. My father was quite upset I am told and demanded they change it immediately.We all know that’s not how it works and of course, my Dad would have to go down to the town clerk to fill out papers or something. Well, my father delegated the job to my mother, no fan to great Grandma Nonna Guerra and so she decided, NO! Leave the name. I’m naming her after Sophia Loren. [Mom’s favorite actress]
Well, needless to say, this was a bone of contention in my family for years. Everybody complained how ridiulous the hospital and town clerk were about changing the name, as if the clerk and hospital administration actually gave a crap. So, after years of family complaining, my father wanting to right a wrong against his grandmother, I finally decided to take action.
Having the support of a loved one when making such life decisions makes the decision something of great value. Love, whether for spouse, family member or friend is what Saint Paul talks about in Corinthians when he says that of Faith, Hope and Charity; Charity being the greatest of all three. In the spirit of the one who inspired me to do this for the love of my family, i went and filed the necessary legal papers that Sophia and Sofia are in fact the same person.
Thank you to the special person whose support and love helped me to give back to my Dad the name he gave me so many years ago. I love you, Dad. Your daughter,