Six Giraffes began in 2011 as an education and creativity blog. Writing has long been a passion of mine, and the blog provided an outlet to practice my craft and to connect with community in a way I hadn’t done before. When deciding on the name, my inner wordsmith purposely looked for an interesting adjective and noun pairing. I loved the sound of other blog names that used that combination. So what to choose? Giraffes have long been my favorite wild animal. The number six, another favorite, feels strong and even to me. It also represents the age of children in first grade, my very favorite age to teach.
When I left the classroom in 2013, I became a Certified Zentangle ™ Teacher and began teaching art classes. The Six Giraffes name lent itself well to that creative, mindful drawing practice, and I was glad to share the name with a new audience. It also became the umbrella business name for my tutoring clients and music students.
Over time, Six Giraffes has become like an old friend. For me, this two-word phrase represents the freedom to use language creatively for self-expression. It can paint a picture in the mind and makes people wonder about its origin. A good friend mistook the name as a homophone with “Six Drafts,” which made me laugh. I love how these two words have journeyed with me, collecting and constructing meaning along the way.
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“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” –Paulo Coehlo