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Pressed: 52 Weeks Begin Now: Week Thirty-Five: There is Something About Roberts

22 Jul

52 Weeks Begin Now: Week Thirty-Five: There is Something About Roberts.

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Roberts Abound: It is with some trepidation that I confide a phenomenon in my life that revolves around the many Roberts that I have met as friends or dated. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and at the risk of sounding like a Robert stalker, or a delusional Robert reporter, I was told recently by a friend that perhaps I should share my interesting Robert journey and see what people think. It is an interesting tale.

The Tale of Roberts: From eighteen years of age on, I have had the good fortune of knowing many Roberts. I have been single most of my life, so I have had some periods throughout it where I have been dating and not in a significant relationship. Until recently, it had not really dawned on me how many “Roberts” I have known. Just to clarify, I have never actually sought out, nor asked out a Robert. Instead, they seem to find me…on trips, in stores, at sporting events, at special events, etc. For example, when travelling to Italy, I met a Roberto. I also was friends with a Robert from Australia for years. Very recently, I was asked out by yet another Robert. It finally dawned on me that something supernatural about Roberts was unfolding. I sat down and made the connection. In some ways, it felt embarrassing to know that I had overlooked this very glaring phenomenon for so long. What was it about Roberts?

Robert the Recent: Recently, I have been writing a novel with the main character named Robert. It seemed natural to choose this name as a protagonist seeing that this male name kept popping up over the past thirty years of my life. The choice was unconscious until I had my recent epiphany. The irony is that shortly after I started writing this novel, another Robert, or “Rob” entered my life. He tried a couple of times to get my attention. It was then that I started connecting the dots. Again, what was it about Roberts? I shared with him my interesting background with his name, and he was intrigued (and likely taken aback a bit) by the unusual circumstances. (Had the situations been reversed and he told me the same about Shelley’s, I think I might not have responded with as much grace).

Behind the Name: I wonder if perhaps, my last name “Robinson” has anything to do with it in some sort of magical or spiritual way. Robin is a derivative of the name Robert, and thus, “the son of Robin” could be the same type of equivalent to Robert. Another possibility is the sheer popularity of the name. In the United States, the name Robert is ranked as number 62 on the popularity scale. The name itself is from the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning “bright fame”, derived from the Germanic elements hrod “fame” and beraht “bright”. It is true that all of the Roberts that I have met have been nice men, and interesting to be around–gentlemen.

The Universe Conspiring: What I wonder is why the universe is conspiring to have me meet Roberts. Or, am I supposed to have learned something from Roberts and then move on?  Perhaps I am to stay clear of Roberts.  It is just an interesting anecdote worth sharing.  

Cheers!

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52 Weeks Begin Now: Week Thirty-Five: There is Something About Roberts

22 Jul

HANDSTOUCHINGS-33

Roberts Abound: It is with some trepidation that I confide a phenomenon in my life that revolves around the many Roberts that I have met as friends or dated. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and at the risk of sounding like a Robert stalker, or a delusional Robert reporter, I was told recently by a friend that perhaps I should share my interesting Robert journey and see what people think. It is an interesting tale.

The Tale of Roberts: From eighteen years of age on, I have had the good fortune of knowing many Roberts. I have been single most of my life, so I have had some periods throughout it where I have been dating and not in a significant relationship. Until recently, it had not really dawned on me how many “Roberts” I have known. Just to clarify, I have never actually sought out, nor asked out a Robert. Instead, they seem to find me…on trips, in stores, at sporting events, at special events, etc. For example, when travelling to Italy, I met a Roberto. I also was friends with a Robert from Australia for years. Very recently, I was asked out by yet another Robert. It finally dawned on me that something supernatural about Roberts was unfolding. I sat down and made the connection. In some ways, it felt embarrassing to know that I had overlooked this very glaring phenomenon for so long. What was it about Roberts?

Robert the Recent: Recently, I have been writing a novel with the main character named Robert. It seemed natural to choose this name as a protagonist seeing that this male name kept popping up over the past thirty years of my life. The choice was unconscious until I had my recent epiphany. The irony is that shortly after I started writing this novel, another Robert, or “Rob” entered my life. He tried a couple of times to get my attention. It was then that I started connecting the dots. Again, what was it about Roberts? I shared with him my interesting background with his name, and he was intrigued (and likely taken aback a bit) by the unusual circumstances. (Had the situations been reversed and he told me the same about Shelley’s, I think I might not have responded with as much grace).

Behind the Name: I wonder if perhaps, my last name “Robinson” has anything to do with it in some sort of magical or spiritual way. Robin is a derivative of the name Robert, and thus, “the son of Robin” could be the same type of equivalent to Robert. Another possibility is the sheer popularity of the name. In the United States, the name Robert is ranked as number 62 on the popularity scale. The name itself is from the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning “bright fame”, derived from the Germanic elements hrod “fame” and beraht “bright”. It is true that all of the Roberts that I have met have been nice men, and interesting to be around–gentlemen.

The Universe Conspiring: What I wonder is why the universe is conspiring to have me meet Roberts. Or, am I supposed to have learned something from Roberts and then move on?  Perhaps I am to stay clear of Roberts.  It is just an interesting anecdote worth sharing.  

Cheers!