Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Hello, my name is...
First, some background. When I was born, my parents had not yet picked out a girl's name. While in the hospital, my mom was reading a LOOK magazine and came across an article with a picture of a little girl that she thought was cute, and she liked her name. She suggested the name to my dad and he liked it too, so they decided that would be my name also. My mom cut out the article and pasted it into my baby's book. Of course it's quite yellowed by now, but you can still read it.
Last week, I came across the baby book and the clipping, and I decided to see if I could find the little girl who inspired my name. A quick search on Facebook came up with just one person with that name. I took a chance and sent her a message asking if she was the little girl from the magazine and it turned out that she was!
She told me that her uncle was a photographer for LOOK, and that he occasionally used her photo and that of her siblings for stories in the magazine. Of course, she was quite surprised to hear my story, but she was glad I had contacted her. After all these years, I was finally able to tell her that she was the inspiration for my name.
I told her that I couldn't wait to tell my mom, and she said she couldn't wait to tell her mom too. I've often thought how it was kind of weird that there was someone out there who I was named after, and she didn't know it. Now she does. It kind of feels like a mystery has been solved.