Why I Chose a Donkey
When I write short stories for children, I like to use an animal that children can relate to at their young age. Not only that, I hope that my religious fiction stories with a fictional character using a donkey can apply to their young lives also. In addition, I figured that a donkey was also a popular animal for means of transportation in both the Old and New Testament in the Holy Bible as well.
This is why I chose a donkey for my published rhyming story for children, “Doty the Donkey–A Flight to Egypt.” Also, despite the fact, a donkey was obviously used to carry Mary and baby Jesus to Egypt too. (More of “Doty the Donkey” stories to come in the near future).
How I Chose The Name, “Doty”
Back in the year of 2014, I was in my living room at my apartment watching TV drinking my hazelnut coffee. I do not know what happened that day. But I do remember it was getting towards the end of summer that year. I was on my couch and the name, “Doty the Donkey” popped in my head all of a sudden.
All I could think of was how did the name “Doty” just came to mind??? I remember repeating it in my head and liked the sound of it. I have to admit that many years ago, I was in touch with friends whose last name was Doty. I do not know if that is reason why it came to my mind subconsciously or what.
I looked up and typed the name “Doty” on Google. I was pleased that the name stood for “Brave and Strong.” But if you type in “doty” with a lower case letter “d” it stood for a decaying mind. I became nervous because the way my mind thinks, sometimes I thought God was telling me I will get dementia someday. Then I realize my book with the name “Doty” will always have a capital “D”, which I stated earlier, stood for “Brave and Strong.” WHEW!!!
How is “Doty” Pronounced?
I was a bit surprised on how the name “Doty” was pronounced to me. I had so many wonderful people pronounce the name wrong. They would say the name like it was pronounced “Dottie.” In reality, it is pronounce with a long letter “O” sound. Like Doughty or something. It was really quite cute and I had to chuckle. Even the folks where my book was published said it wrong too. But that’s ok. That is all I have to say this week. Have a great week ahead and God Bless with the greatest love!!!
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