I imagine that some of you have wondered, where in the hell did that nickname come from? And if you didn't wonder, you should have.
Listen up. “Poopwa” is derived from the word “poopwahhhrg”, which is Irish for “cooking class”, and as we all know, “Foley” is derived from the word “der foler”, which is German for “dog paws.”
Just kidding. My DAD made it up. Isn't it great? (phony smile)
My father, Mr-I-think-I’m-So-Funny, has been calling me Poopwa Foley since I was a tiny little girl. That, and “Monk”, but Poopwa was the one that really stuck to me like, well, you know, poopwa.
Growing up, I was mortified and red-faced if he ever called me that in front of people. The more embarrassed I got, the harder he wheezed with laughter
Flash forward a few decades. I have now actually developed a sense of humor (and a thicker skin, to be sure) and find those nonsense words hysterical instead of embarrassing.
However, using this IN PUBLIC as a writer’s name, if you will, was a leap of faith for me. I kind of grew into it over the years and now, claim it.
Who else would want this name? Who else would stand with pride as the name Poopwa Foley was called? Who has the steel cajones?
A writer calling herself Poopwa Foley, that's who.
There can be only Poopwa Foley...and it's me.