S.L. Wallace is an upper elementary Montessori school teacher and life long writer who is a descendant of the famous William Wallace. Like him, she believes in freedom and independence. Unlike him, she fights her battles with the pen.
Welcome! Come on in. Take off your shoes; kick up your feet and enjoy some freebies! Now that you’re comfortable, let me tell you a a short story about my name. Wallace is a pseudonym, but it’s a pen name based on fact. I am indeed related to the famous William Wallace, but I didn’t grow up knowing that.
You see, my mother has a passion for genealogy, and people in my family love to tell stories. That makes for some interesting dinner conversations. My paternal grandmother always told outrageous stories, like how she was considering going out for Halloween with nothing on except a raisin in her navel. She laughed heartily as she explained that she was planning to go as an oatmeal cookie! My mother, on the other hand, likes to tell family history: true and truly fascinating, stories.
When the movie Braveheart came out, my boyfriend and I went to see it. Once I heard the name William Wallace, I had trouble concentrating on the film because I kept thinking that name sounded so familiar. As soon as I got home, I called my parents, hoping to connect with my mother. Alas, she was not home, but my dad was, so I posed my question with the hopes that he may have the answer, or if he didn’t, that he would pass along the question to my mother upon her return.
“Dad,” I said. “We just got back from seeing Braveheart, and the main character’s name was William Wallace. Is he any relation, do you think?”
“Yes, he is,” my father said with certainty.
“Really?” I asked.
“Yes, but that doesn’t mean you’re related to Mel Gibson.”
Clearly, my father inherited his mother’s sense of humor, but he’s also a history buff. He went on to explain the Scottish clan system, including surnames, and I am honored to be able to carry on the name.