About Me:

Aloha! I'm Wendy Kennar. I'm the mother of a seven-year-old son and a wife living in Los Angeles. I was a public school teacher for twelve years until a chronic medical condition made it necessary to leave my teaching career.

I've always been described as "quiet" - really, I'm just biting my tongue. I've got lots to say, and lots of thoughts to share, I just prefer to write them. That's the purpose of this blog. Each Wednesday, I post a personal essay offering my observations and thoughts.

A few fun facts about me: I've wanted to be a writer since second grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Jones, made me a "book" with a yellow construction paper cover. I have never learned to whistle, have always preferred sunflowers to roses, and have spent my life living within the same zip code.

Through the years, my writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, United Teacher, GreenPrints, L.A. Parent, DivineCaroline.com, RoleReboot.org, XOJane, and Brain, Child Magazine. Additionally, my personal essays have been included in several anthologies, including: The Barefoot Review, Beyond the Diaper Bag, Lessons From My Parents, Write for Light, Being a Grown-Up: A User's Manual for the Real World, Ka-Pow!, How Writing Can Get You Through Tough Times, Breath and Shadow, The Grey Wolfe Storybook, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found.
I am a regular contributor at MomsLA.com, and you can also find me at Goodreads.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Being Wendy

                As a kid, I didn’t like my name.  A girl can only hear so many “Wendy’s hamburger” or “It’s windy outside and Wendy inside” jokes.  

   As I got older, I didn’t think too much of my name.  It was just my name.  And not until I was pregnant and we were considering potential baby names, did I really stop to think about what my name meant.

   Now, I rather like my name.  I like the fact that it is common enough for me to find my name on a mug, but not so common that I usually run into other Wendy’s.

   It is often said that the name “Wendy” was invented by J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan.  I’ve been thinking about my name and the famous “Wendy” of Peter Pan fame quite a bit lately as my son and I recently read the Disney Storybook version of Peter Pan.  I started comparing myself to this other Wendy, wondering how I measure up.

   And as I’m prone to do, I’ve made a list.  Here are five things this Wendy has in common with the other Wendy.
  1. Our names.  Peter Pan’s Wendy is formally known as Wendy Moira Angela Darling.  Unlike that famous Wendy, I do not have a middle name (something I didn’t particularly like as a child when it seemed as if everyone else did have a middle name).  Although I do think we can both be described as “friendy Wendy.”
  2. Our nicknames.  While not exactly a nickname in the Disney version, Tinker Bell did describe Wendy as a “Wendy-bird.”  And one of my favorite colleagues when I was a teacher did affectionately refer to me as “Wendy-bird.”
  3. Our hobbies.  The Disney Wendy enjoys telling stories, first to her younger brothers than to the Lost Boys.  Likewise, I also enjoy writing stories; however, through the years, my “stories” are predominately non-fiction and my hobby has now evolved into a career for me.
  4. Our roles.  Wendy Darling was a mother figure to the young boys in her life.  And for a significant part of my life, I have served as a mother figure as well.  I never considered myself “just a teacher” - I was a second parent to my students.  And now, for ever after, I am honored to be my son’s mother.
  5. Our personalities.  The Disney Wendy is rather cute and sweet, a generally pleasant girl.  She’s a girl with a lot of faith in Peter, and when  faced with a dangerous situation, she demonstrated bravery, opting to walk the plank rather than join Captain Hook’s crew.  Truth be told, Wendy Darling isn’t a bad character to be associated with at all.  


  1. Daddy and I liked the name "Wendy",and then when you were born the name seemed to fit you perfectly.I am sorry when you were younger kids gave you a hard time about your name.You are one very special "WENDY".I love you and I am very proud of you.

  2. I think your name fits you perfectly. You are one special young woman. Your mother & I are proud of you.
    Love, Dad

  3. Honey,
    Your name is wonderful and I Love You with all of my heart!