Thinking About Namesakes


Several years ago a former part-time employee at the radio station where I used to work called me to bring me up to date about his life. After he described his new job and his new house, Craig said he had a beautiful new daughter. After much consideration, he had decided to name her after me. Craig mentioned that if he had had a son, the boy would have been given my name. Anyway, his little girl was named Jaye. The ending “e” was added to feminize the name.

To say I was surprised and honored is putting it lightly. I had no idea that Craig, nor anyone else, would ever name their child after me. After hanging up the phone, I had a million thoughts racing through my head. That a former coworker named his first-born child after me was humbling. As I remember the conversation today, I still…

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