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“….wait, you named her WHAT?”

afrika

yup. That was MY response after getting off the phone with a friend who recently had a baby. Because, ready for this? She STOLE my baby’s name. No, I don’t have one yet but….WAIT! Before you call me crazy, allow me to explain…

Years ago, a few friends sat together and had dinner, drinks and talked about what we wanted for our future. And pretty much all of our dreams looked the same. A job that we LOVED, a husband that we loved just as much, and of course kids. What DIDN’T look the same were our baby’s names. We all have very different personalities, different tastes in men, food, ideas, etc…Call me crazy but I even had an idea of what my child would look like. Something like this….

affiesbaby

Don’t judge me. All women do this. Or do they? Anyway…

I was born with this name. AFRIKA. I haven’t always been so proud of this name, I mean I got picked on A LOT in school. But later on I came to appreciate having a name like this. I mean, it’s so unique, so beautiful, so ….ME. I’ve only known a handful of people who have the same name. A HANDFUL. Think about that. Do you realize how many people I’ve met in my life? Unbelievable. I always wanted my children to have the most unique experiences in life and I happen to think what your name is has a little to do with that. Your name DEFINES you. And despite what you may think, takes you certain places in life. So when I shared what I wanted to name my children, I had no clue that a few years later I would be debating the issue on the radio.

So yeah, when I got the call saying that one of friends took the name I always wanted for my child, I was angry, but most of all….hurt. I mean, we discussed this!! You are my FRIEND. You STOLE FROM ME! ARGHGHHHHHHHH!!! But ultimately, in life you have choices. And yes, people will not always be good to you. Some WILL steal from you, hate you, try to hurt you, etc. But ultimately I guess it’s up to you to just….let. it. go.