Thinking of My Beginnings

When I was born, I was named by my father. He did this while my mom was still in the Recovery Room. So it was that I became Lisa Gaye Palmer…until my mama was brought to her hospital room and I was given to her with my baby bracelet secured around my wrist. She was so put out that my dad had just named me without her (they apparently had a couple of names picked out and he just veered off course) that she made the nurses change my name before they could even register my birth. Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Lisa Joy Palmer-Caban and I hope you find some pleasure and laughter in my remembrances of growing up High on the Shoals.

Over the years, I have developed strong opinions on a variety of subjects. I have shared my thoughts with a million different people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Today, however, is very different and very special. Today, I am writing my first blog. It was set up for me by Maria Carter, the daughter of my cousin Jeff. She did it as a surprise for me and I am eternally grateful.