Inside the Mind of Isadora



What’s in a name?

We all have one. There’s a first name, last name and, sometimes, a middle name.

Before marriage, my last name was Diaz. My Spanish name in English means day.
As a child, I was called Dori. Nicknames were common in my family. They shortened Isadora to Dora; then, chopped it up to Dori. My friends thought it was Doris. When Doris Day, the singer, became famous I thought I was famous because we had the same name. A child-like fantasy.

Everyone continued to call me Doris until I met my husband. He called me Sandy because he said I looked liked a Sandy. I thought, we probably won’t be dating too long so I went along with it.

Fast forward … now, I’m married. My husbands last name is De La Vega. I’d never thought much about it. I thought it had a royal sound. In English it means of the valley. I thought that it was a pleasant name.

Shortly after a television show aired about a character known as Zorro, we were overloaded with questions about our name and about chivalry.

1. Is your hubby a count?
No … he isn’t a count but he can count.

2. Can he help a damsel in distress?
Yes – he has helped many women when giving birth in patrol cars as a policeman.

3. Is he a gallant man?
Yes … he’s always been a gentleman. He opens car doors for women.

4. What is it like to be in the presence of a black-clad masked man?
I may have to keep this one a secret.

As you can see, a name can be of great importance when it’s being used by writers or movie makers.

Zorro (/ˈzɔːroʊ/; Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsoro] and [ˈθoro]) is a fictional character created in 1919 by New York–based pulp writer Johnston McCulley. The character has been featured in numerous books, films, a television series, and other media.
Zorro (Spanish for “fox”) is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega, a California nobleman and master living in the Spanish colonial era. The character has undergone changes through the years, but the typical image of him is a dashing black-clad masked outlaw who defends the people of the land against tyrannical officials and other villains. Not only is he too cunning and foxlike for the bumbling authorities to catch, but he delights in publicly humiliating them. information©wikipedia

He’s a hero that defends the people being attacked by evil doers.

Is there a story in your name?

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Isabelle Allende, a Chilean author, in 2005 wrote about Zorro and the pulp hero Don Diego de la Vega. The novel takes the form of a biography and represents the first original story ever undertaken for the character. It represents a prequel to the original Zorro story, Johnston McCulley’s 1919 novella The Curse of Capistrano. The story incorporates details from a variety of works that have been featuring the pulp hero, including the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro.