During my teen years, being Caroline Cradick with a C, gave me the privacy I craved. And in college, the C afforded me the level of anonymity I needed as I started to find my place in the world. We never had a big discussion about it, but I think my dad was happy for me to be a Cradick when he wasn’t there to protect me 24/7. But I’m a grown up now. And I don’t need to be protected anymore.
Recently, I’ve been feeling a little disconnected. Without my dad here, it feels almost strange to be Caroline Cradick instead of Caroline Kraddick. To be honest, most people assume my name is spelled with a K anyway. So having to explain why my name is spelled with a C instead of a K is always a major production. And with him gone, I don’t want to be separate from him. I want to be closer.
My dad blessed me with an amazing legacy in which to carry on his name. With the Kraddick Foundation, Kidd’s Kids and now being on-air on the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, it just feels like the right time to embrace the K. By taking on the Kraddick name, I want to honor my dad and make him proud. And I intend to do it … As Caroline Kraddick. With a K.