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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Sista Sista Fo Fista Banana Nana Fo Fana

I was just talking to my girlfran Chris and I asked her what her middle name was. Prima donna that she is, her middle name is Lynn. I told her that when I was a kid, I always wanted my middle name to be Lynn or Marie (as in Osmond). I hated my middle name back then. I was the only kid at Lipscomb School with a ridiculous middle name like "Rose." That was a Granny name. In fact, my "Rose" was a derivative of my maternal grandmother, Rosena. I often dreamt of changing the Rose to Marie when I was 18. I learned to like it, though, and passed the middle name on to my own daughter. Rose has since become a hip middle name for little girls. Lots of Hollywood types like it.

Growing up in the 70's, tons of Jennifers, Christy's, Michelle's, Amy's, Tracy's, etc. dotted the landscape. No, I didn't have a trendy name. My name evokes images of somebody maybe being one of Gidget's best friends, or Patty Duke's. It was a popular name during the Baby Boom era and for whatever reasons, my parents felt it necessary to adorn me with the name "Sharon." My oldest cousin on Dad's side is Sharon and that's where they got it from. It's not bad. It could be worse. It's just null and void of character. Lots of my classmates had friggin' MOMS named Sharon.

There aren't lots of songs screaming my name. I've always claimed "My Sharona" and recently, I uncovered a song that Bobby Darin cut way back called "I Ain't Sharin' Sharon." It sounds like what Patty Duke was probably shagging to on the opening credits of her tv show.

When I was about 2 or 3, my parents realized what they had done in naming me "Sharon Rose." I have the same name as Jesus, cept reversed. I always giggled in church when a hymn or something would reference the "Rose of Sharon." Heh. That's me. They didn't do it on purpose, though. My parents aren't the "Lets name our girls Faith, Hope and Charity" kinda folks. They did get slightly cheesy and give both us girls names that started with "S." I can't say nothing bout that cause all my kids names start with the same letter. That was not on purpose either. It just kinda ended up that way. In fact, they're all T's and I'm the oddball. When I call for one, I end up saying everybody else's name before I get to them. Mr. Smiff was the one who felt it necessary to continue the T tradition when #2 Son came along. I'm just glad #2 was a boy because there aren't a plethora of T names I like for girls.

Totally random, off subject but this guy that works here where I work just now asked me about the Mothership, had I been there, was it good, etc. Apparently, Wade is a blog reader and is a fan of Knuck's. "You know how I found him? He has a blog." Heh, yeah, I know.


saraclark said...

You might want to change your rhymin' name there. "Sista tha Fista" isn't exactly what you want people to call you on the street.

I sang a couple of different versions in my head and you've got potential with some other consonants.

SistaSmiff said...

To go with the Name Song it's gotta be an F.

saraclark said...

Sorry, I didn't know the rule. My sister and I always sang it with lots of different letters. Of course, the objective for us was to rhyme the worst thing possible with each other's name.

SistaSmiff said...

I don't even actually know the whole song. I learned it from one of the kids' shows on Nick Jr. I always heard the F and whats this dirty mindedness you have anyway?!?!?! Out of the gutter with you.

Sonia said...

Weird...my middle name is from my maternal grandmother. I used to refuse to tell people my middle name...cause well, it's kinda weird. But, I passed it onto my daughter as well. WEird how we "grow into" and learn to accept certain things as we age huh?

Oh, and our whole family (me, dh, 3 kids) are all "S" names. lol. Believe it or not, all a total coinccidence until #3 kid came along.

Nashville Knucklehead said...

I was going to write a post about this, but I didn't know if you wanted to be a secret from your co-worker. My kid's middle name is Rose, from her maternal Great-Grandmother.
It reminded me of this great time killer.

It shows the rise and fall of name popularity. I like typing in stuff like Adolph, and watching it fall off the chart around 1950.

ceeelcee said...

Hey, this is starting to look like Aunt B's blog! (or mine, actually)

How about some comportment, people?

saraclark said...

I did count to 10 twice before I typed the first comment. I am just so used to checking on my Mom before she says something like that and then repeats it endlessly to everyone. Someday I will tell the story about what she named all our pets growing up.

Malicious and I had the name conversation while we were at the Mothership last week. We both have unusual names and we never got to have the little pre-printed license plates or other childhood goodies that every Jennifer and Ashley got to have. On the other hand, we could both always go by our first names and be uniquely and individually identified in school when we were growing up. It does work out well in the long run.

SistaSmiff said...

Mista Roboto said something about a blogger meat up tomorrow (Friday) Anybody else going? Busy Mom? Say-ruh? Malia? Shall we Q?


ChrisYub said...

Dear Sista,
Akshully it should be Fana instead of Nana. Just thought you'd like to know.
Much Love ;-)

SistaSmiff said...

Hey Chrisyub...how bouta Fista in your mouth?!?!?! hee hee

newscoma said...

My middle name is Lynn. I always wanted it to be something a bit more elegant and I have one of those "trendy" names from the seventies that you mentioned.
At 40, I sound like a cheerleader gone to pot.

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