When I was a kid and old enough to realize I actually had a middle name, it was a very long time before I was comfortable sharing it with anyone. Kids are cruel, and the “I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours” game did not set well with me, being the very awkward and shy child that I was.

Susan Eulalie PM

Because, while my friends’ middle names (and why do we have middle names, anyway?) were short and cute, like Ann and Jane and Beth, mine was unheard of, unpronounceable and French, no less! So, I would typically give the hint “It begins with an E” and let the games begin. First of all, there weren’t that many names beginning with “E”- Ellen, Elaine, Emily-kids could guess all day long and NEVER figure it out! Secondly, even if I divulged my middle name, the typical response was “WHAT?!?? no way, you’re making that up, how do you spell it?!” And so it was my well-guarded secret, shared only with my closest allies. But I never told my mother about my childhood angst because I was named after my beautiful and talented maternal godmother, my great-aunt Eulalie. (it’s pronounced you-la-lee).

Lally and John at our WeddingShe was a fashionista before it was a thing, all five foot nothing of her,

Lally, Arthur and Bernadette at Disneyand what she lacked in stature she made up for in spunk and style.

Lally ActressAccording to my mom, when she was a small child in boarding school, the teachers would stand her on the lunch tables and she would sing and dance-a born entertainer!

Child Lally with White BowWhat I remember most about her in my adolescent years was her fabulous spiky red hair, fishnet stockings, mini skirts and thoroughly modern style-even into her 80’s.

Lally & John at homeShe would have been a star in today’s social-media-driven world. Aunt Lally, as we called her, was an amazing musician, playing both piano and organ professionally.

Lally at the pianoAt every family gathering, there was always that moment when Lally sat down at the piano to play some jazz tunes, oftentimes accompanied by her sister Bernadette, a talented opera singer. So many fond memories…

Lally & Bernadette at pianoSo why am I sharing all of this with you now? Well, I would first like to think that I (and my friends-ahem…) are more mature now, and able to appreciate the name for what it is: a beautiful reminder of a wonderful wife and mother

Lally & Donaldwho was a role model for my generation of women-fabulous, talented & sexy.

Lally and Norma PMSecondly, in all of the years that I have carried my middle name, I have never once seen it in print, until recently, when a Google search (we didn’t have Google back when I was a kid. Heck, we didn’t even have blow dryers!) revealed that there is an 1845 poem by Edgar Allen Poe named Eulalie. And amazingly, a very short while ago, I spotted this on a blog that I follow,

Miss Mustard Seed-this is one of her newest milk paint colors:

Eulalie's Sky MMS Milk Paint

What’s so interesting is that this beautiful shade of pale aqua-green milk paint called Eulalie’s Sky is one of my very favorite colors.

MMS Eulalie's Sky sampler

So now I am planning to use this color in some new pieces I am currently working on, leaving my own personal stamp. Last week, I drove out to Worcester to obtain my very first Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in my new favorite color, Eulalie’s Sky!

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

Now, I am not certain where Miss Mustard Seed happened upon the name Eulalie, or how she chose it as a paint color, but I am so happy to share it-finally-with all of you. And the meaning of my middle name? “Well-Spoken”. So perhaps the legacy my Aunt Eulalie left for me with her name was not her fabulous fashion sense (that’s for sure!) or her incredible musical talent, but the ability to communicate with all of you through the written word. To that end, I am eternally grateful that I was chosen to carry forward the beautiful name Eulalie.  Susan 


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  • Pat November 02, 2013 at 09:02

    Love that story! It is a beautiful name.

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  • Sherrie October 29, 2013 at 09:46

    I have never commented on a blog, but felt compelled to on yours. I’ve always loved the name Eulalie, my great, great, great grandmother’s name. I have enjoyed genealogy for over 20 years and she seems to be the elusive one. No pictures of her can be found. She died young at 31, leaving 5 children and a husband.
    She was Eulalie Beaubien Flageolle. Her youngest daughter was named after her, and they called her, Lily. And I thought the same when I saw the name of Miss Mustard’s paint. I so want to use it on a piece just for the name! I really envy friends who have names that really mean something. Your name is beautiful!

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    1. countrydesignhome October 29, 2013 at 10:10

      Thank you for reading my blog! It’s been a very long time coming, but I do love my name and feel so privileged to carry on my great aunt’s legacy.

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  • ntgranese@comcast.net October 28, 2013 at 23:45

    This is wonderful, Sue. fyi, Eulalie was also the name of a saint and also an Empress. Good job. Also the soup was delicious. It did need a little salt which I added at the table. Otherwise, perfect. And the apple pumpkin bread too. And the Sox won! All in all, a good day. Love, Mom

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  • Anonymous October 28, 2013 at 20:00

    Oh-and I love this photo….Xo

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  • Anonymous October 28, 2013 at 19:58

    I always LOVED your middle name and thought it was unique and exotic. And Aunt Lally was one of a kind!

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