It was the enigma posed to us when we first met G Callen. What does that lone letter stand for? What does it mean? All names have meanings. A story. A hint to one’s past. But, not this letter. It stands alone, just a piece of the alphabet with no real explanation.
Imagine with me, that it’s you.
It’s your name.
I’m serious. Take a moment and reduce your name to it’s first initial.
Write it down.
Stare at it for a moment.
I’m serious! Do it. Stare at it. This post will wait for you.
Now, pretend your letter has no story. No meaning. No parents to explain it to you.
And this is what everyone calls you.
Just a letter.
It’s your name.
Forget the people who should have raised you. The people who should have been there. They are gone. Absent.
That’s all you have.
Are you panicking slightly? Getting a little teary?
This is what G Callen has dealt with the majority of his life.
Would you want to know what the letter stood for? And, after several long years of being known as a solitary letter, would you give anything to know?
There are words that clearly describe what Callen has been going through, trying to discover what that letter was meant to mean: anguish, anger, confusion, frustration, sadness, loneliness, longing, resentment… And it’s always one step ahead of him.
And so are the people who know.
How utterly cruel that these individuals knew and the knowledge died with them.
Tragic. He almost didn’t pull the trigger on Keelson.
Callen acts like not knowing doesn’t bother him. He has everyone believing that he can fully function for the rest of his life without knowing, and, I suppose, he might have to. His caring isn’t necessary, however, since the desire to know is so inbred in us… We secretly need our names.
Names are vital.
Names with a story.
Names with a reason.
“I will find out who I am and who my family was, with or without anyone’s help.” -G Callen
This heart-moving determination from Callen is most likely the reason for the results of our last Callen’s Corner poll. When we asked if you wanted to know what the ‘G’ stood for or not, the majority of you responded that, yes, we want to know what the ‘G’ stands for. (We want destiny to quit playing around! This is causing anguish for Callen, and we can’t have that long-term. We need to know. He deserves to know!)
Being fair, there was a large number of you wanting to never know, or to find out at the last possible moment, concerned that knowing the answer would take the intrigue out of the adventure.
So, I have a suggestion.
Perhaps, just perhaps, we should receive a new mystery about Callen of equal intensity at the same time we discover his name.
That’d be a great way to continue.
One mystery solved and another begun.
That’s our G.