The Quote of the Day that inspired my A to Z Challenge theme –
A Word for the Day that takes on many meaning.
Quote of the Day: A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator. John Steinbeck
Word for the Day: Bobby
Definitions found on Wikipedia:
(software) a free online tool used to validate websites
British slang for police officer
Bobbie may refer to a sandwich served on a hoagie roll with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and mayonnaise, popular in Philadelphia and its suburbs, especially around Thanksgiving.
Nickname for Robert, aka my son Bobby
Bobby is a senior in high school, just turned 18, and is planning to go to Texas Tech University next year. We live in Minnesota. While I want to tell him that’s just too far away, I am also proud of him for being adventurous, knowing what he wants, and going for it. I’d like to keep him in the nest forever, tucked safely under my wing, but I know that he has grown his own wings now and is ready to fly.
When Bobby was about four years old, my sister Nancy traveled to England and brought back some books for us. One was Greyfriars Bobby by Ruth Brown. It’s a beautifully illustrated account of a little dog who followed his master everywhere, even to his grave, where he sat vigil until his own death. Bobby, my son, never let me read that book to him. He said it was too sad.
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Journaling Prompt: Do you know why they call police officers in England Bobby? Have you heard of any other uses for Bob or Bobby (besides mowing the lawn)?
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The bobbies are named after Sir Robert Peel who created the Met. And yes, Greyfriars Bobby is very sad!
I bet your son is really excited about his forthcoming adventures. I don’t blame you for having mixed feelings though.
Hello! Enjoyed reading today’s blog post. Best wishes to Bobby on his upcoming adventures.
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Hahaha Sarah beat me to the punch. 🙂
Good luck to Bobby with his studies.
He’s so adorable. Are you sure he’s that old. Gee!
Your son looks happy. I hope my kids are that satisfied with their lives when they turn 18. Interesting post. I had no idea Bobbie had so many meanings.
That says a lot about your son.
I think Sarah nailed the origin of Bobbies as police. Likewise, I’ve also heard ’em called Peelers.
The other “bob” that comes to mind is a hairstyle. It’s a short sort of bowl cut, and for women, I think it was risque back in the day.
In school, I remember reading “Bernice Bobs Her Hair,” a short story by Fitzgerald. Didn’t click with me. Could be it’s time to give it another go…
It’s hard to let them go and at the same time you’re so darn proud of them. I home school my son after his freshman year-the school here isn’t very good and offered him no challenges-and he just finished testing out and he’s done as of February (18 months ahead of his class). Scored really high. Proud mama moment. Starts his training here. So I don’t have to worry about too great a distance for the next two years.
Bobbies=After Sir Robert (Bobby) Peel who established the police force in the early 1800s.
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Mary, Haven’t talked to you for a while. You have a nice looking son. I went to the U of M. Did you?
Bobby Pin for the hair….(?)
Awww, your son! What a cutie!
We have a little rescue dog we got a few months ago. When she came to us, her name was Lady. I don’t like tht name for a dog, I think it’s overused. So, we changed her name to SADIE. Sounds like Lady, but it’s not Lady…it’s Sadie.
When she first came and was still Lady…I would call her Lady Bug.
Now that she’s Sadie..I call her Sadie Bug….except….when she’s been bad.
That’s when I call her Sadie-BOB! And she knows, I found her little pee spot on the rug at the back door or under the dining table.
Sadie-BOB! Ooops, gotta run!
Hi popping over to visit from jollyjillys. Love your B word your son is very cute and I wish him much luck. I must admit i have not heard a police called a bobby for years lol. I think in the uk today some have come up with far more unkind words !
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What an awesome theme! Now I’m off to read “A”!
What an adventure your son will embark upon. I wish I’d gone away to college when I’d graduated. I finally did (years later, as an adult) and what an adventure it was!
Awww 🙂 I am happy for you and your son. Wishing him the best in his future!
On a side note, Greyfriars Bobby sounds like an interesting book. 🙂
Oh how sweet, Mary
Best wishes to your son this exciting year!
Other Bobby uses? How about a Bobby-Pin for your hair!
I was surprised to read that there’s a sandwich called a “bobbie”! Nice!
Fun post! I remember that book Greyfriar’s. I think I liked it, but I did like sad (and happy) books as a kid. I’m from Philly (living in NYC) and I love hoagies, but I’ve never had the Thanksgiving one! I’m over from the A to Z fest at #672, if you want to pop on by. Cheers! Catherine
That photo of your son is fabulous.
Hard to believe Bobby’s going off to school. The time’s flown. Tech is a great choice! And Bobby looks terrific.
Be proud of him, Mom!
Going off to school is such an exciting time.
I remember seeing the bobbie police officers in London. That was pretty cool.
That Steinbeck quote is gorgeous!
I’d always wondered why the police were called Bobbies.
Good luck to your son. It’s not UT, but at least he didn’t choose Texas A&M!
What a wonderful “B” post – thank you for sharing some interesting “Bobby” facts and for introducing us to your son. I wish him great success in all he puts his mind to.
Jenny @ Pearson Report
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Bobby is a sweet and smart boy! He makes you a proud mom!
My stepson’s name is Robert and we call him “Bob.” 🙂
Bobby is right. I too would not like that sad ending for a dog. On the flip side it shows how attached the dog was to its master.
Like that photograph. He looks very vibrant. He is that happy happy type. Right?
Yes, Greyfriars Bobby sounds very sad, but so indicative of a true, loyal friend we so often find in our pets. And good luck with keeping YOUR Bobby snuggled safely in the nest. Their is no kind way to say this but – it ain’t gonna happen. ha! So sorry, but yes they do leave us, but the good news is they eventually bring back grandbabies. It’s all worth it – pinky promise!