We didn’t see Love Story …


… so we didn’t know its heroine’s name.  And that made a big difference in our lives. 

When I was growing up, I only knew one Jennifer.  I remember her in grade school as cute … wirey and athletic, fun, always smiling, with pretty blue eyes, freckles across her nose and her long brown hair in braids.  And even after she ditched the braids as she grew into a pretty teenager, she was still, to me, the prototypical all American girl.  We played together in grade school, but we didn’t see as much of each other when we got to high school.  But, even though it didn’t happen too often, she was still one of the girls I always enjoyed when she was around.  Then we graduated from high school, she moved away and I never saw her again.

Fast forward 45 years … I found out at the reunion meeting last night that JENNIFER, the original, one-and-only JENNIFER, is coming to our class reunion next month!  

Of course, I’m looking forward to seeing her for all the same reasons you enjoy seeing any of your old classmates, especially the ones you haven’t seen in a long time — it’s just fun to hear what they’ve been doing.

But, I will also tell her something that I’m pretty sure will surprise her … that she, and not the heroine of Love Story, as is the case with many Jennifer’s, was the inspiration for our daughter’s name!  

When we were trying to think of a name for our daughter, after lots of debate, we chose the name Jennifer partly because the name had all kinds of good memories attached to it for me because of the original Jennifer, but also we didn’t know any other Jennifers, so it would be unique!

Then, six years later, still never having seen Love Story, I was shocked when we enrolled our darling little Jennifer in kindergarten and there were SIX Jennifer’s in her grade!

That’s when we found out that the heroine in the movie Love Story, which was one of the most popular movies released the year before our little girl was born, was named Jennifer.  And from the number of Jennifer’s our daughter has encountered all of her life, there must have been alot of people having babies about that time who had seen the movie and loved the name of the heroine.

In retrospect, maybe we should have gone with something reallllly unique, like Hermione … I’m pretty sure there wouldn’t have been six of that one in her kindergarten!

8 Responses to We didn’t see Love Story …

  1. lesley says:

    Lovely story!
    Isn’t it funny when you’re thinking of your baby’s name, you don’t want to pick the name of someone you may not have liked, as it may be a constant reminder!
    I chose Matthew for our son (gift of God)probably because it’s a miracal he’s even here.
    I’m glad you’ve found Jennifer :0)

  2. C. Beth says:

    Great story! I bet the Jennifer in your class had a pretty unique name and was shocked when she started meeting dozens of Jennifers in the next generation!

  3. Sandra says:

    Lesley — Guess what her name would have been if she’d have been a boy — Matthew!

    I am looking forward to seeing my childhood friend, Jennifer. I just hope we can both see at least a glimmer of the little girl we once knew in each other!

    Beth — I had never thought about that, but I bet you’re right. I’ll have to ask her if she noticed the difference after that movie came out. If anyone would have noticed, I would think it would be her.

  4. C says:

    Cute! I named my son just after he was born. We had picked out two names, and I chose neither of them. My husband was in the delivery room and was shocked because we had never discussed the name I chose. The nurse–quite rightly–said for him to back off! I had birthed this baby, I could name him. So that’s how my son got his name! And it fits. Even his father agrees that it was the best name!

    Your original Jennifer should enjoy this story! C.

  5. Sandra says:

    C — I’ve noticed your son’s name on your blog, and I think it is a great name. I like boy names that are straight-forward and strong, like his. Good choice, Mom. 🙂

    Re. my post, when I told Gunny (our son) about it, he laughed and said he thought the way I put it “I named my daughter after you” sounded a little like a stalker! I love it that my children feel free to give me reality checks like that 😦 So, I changed the wording to sound, hopefully, less stalker-ish! 🙂

  6. Hilary says:

    Great story, Sandra. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time at your reunion. I love reading the comments/replies on your blog as much as I do the post itself. You always have something or further interest or humour to say. You’re always a treat, my friend. 🙂

  7. Sandra says:

    Hilary — I am so thankful for you, friend. You are such a kind audience. Thank you! 🙂

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