Friday, April 15, 2011
J- Jenn, with 2 n's
I was named Jennifer to match my Dad's initials. He knew that since I was adopted, all he could give me was his name, so he we James Myron, I'm Jennifer Marie. I guess there was a tv show on at the time that was called "Heart to Heart", and a girl on it was Jennifer. She was bubbly and cute, and so there I was named.
Yes, I was named the most popular girl's name of the years before and after I was born... In third grade there was three Jennifer's in my class.
Sometime in high school, my Mom and Dad had a list of 'chores' that they needed my brother and I to do.
They were titled "Ben's List", and "Jen's List".
Being the overly ornery teenager I was.... I did nothing on the list. My reasoning "I'm sorry Mom, I didn't know that the list was for me, because I spell my name with 2 n's"....
So- that's how it's started. Needless to say, I don't think I got away with that, but it's stuck. I'm Jenn, not Jen.
And can I say, that it's something that really bugs me, if it's not right. I get that most people will do Jen, and if I only deal with you ever so often, that's fine ( like on the top of sub plans "Jen, so glad you're here today...", but for those that use it a lot, like close friends and family, I often correct them, and try to do it as nice as possible, just stating that I spell it with two n's. And if after several reminders, they still do it, I get irritated. It would be like spelling my husbands name Travys. (yes as a sub, I've seen his name spelled like that!).
So, oh well. If you know me, it's Jenn with two n's.... and if you didn't know before. Now you do!
:) Yes, I know that it's not common, but anyone who knows me realizes I'm a bit different (subborn even?).
(side note, my husband always calls me Jenn, the only time I hear Jennifer is if he's really serious, or upset.... his 'Jennifer', has the same connotation of when my parents yelled "Jennifer Marie!" It happens so infrequently that I hear my whole first name!!! I even get Christmas and birthday cards addressed to Jenn!)