Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

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12 Winter 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine "One time, Atticus said you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them." — JEAN LOUISE "SCOUT" FINCH "To Kill a Mockingbird." B ack when she was 12, young Catherine "Caty" Connelly delved into the pages of her first novel, reading Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird" and walking in Jean Louise "Scout" Finch's shoes, or rather sneakers. "She was a tomboy, and I grew up a tomboy in North Carolina," she said of running about the Charlotte neighborhood of her youth. "I can really relate to the shenanigans. … She was so neat and brave, and she moved through life with her head and her heart being her guide." So years later, when it became time for her and her husband to name their first daughter, "Scout" rose to the top of their list, and Margaret "Scout" Kendall entered the world. "Scout was feisty when she was born," she said. The unforgettably touching story of Scout Finch (and her dad, Atticus Finch) resonates with this family, she the daughter of an Episcopal priest and a young lady who in 2002 married an Episcopal priest, Michael Jonah Kendall. "I knew what it was like," Jonah Kendall said of being named himself after an Old Testament prophet. "Names are powerful. I love that additional association. I can imagine the story, and it makes me think about it." Young Scout Kendall — now 10 years old just like Scout Finch in the 1962 Academy Award-winning film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus and Mary Badham as Scout — is pragmatic about her, well, unusual name. (Just 251 "Scouts" appeared in Social Security applications for births in 2017.) "I can be with somebody, and they won't forget my name because I'm the only person named Scout," she said one afternoon at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in downtown Durham, where her father is the rector. Being so young, she has yet to the read the novel, billed as the story of a sleepy town in the segregated South and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, opening people's eyes to "innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred." But mom Caty Kendall is ready, having acquired a 50th anniversary edition of the famed novel that has sold more than 40 million copies and been translated into more than 40 languages. "I kind of want to read it with her, but she's a fast reader," she said. "Scout's very sensitive also about social issues, so I'm curious about the conversation." How About That! Quick, sometimes quirky reads PHILIP M. READ The Kendall family — from left, The Rev. Jonah, Scout, Caty, and Beau — inside St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Durham. The couple named their now 10-year-old daughter after the character "Scout" in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." Called to name their daughter 'Scout'

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