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3 Years On a Bus to Savannah 
Mar. 8, 2010 6:42 am 
Updated: Jun. 15, 2010 7:30 am
   First off, I like the art of misdirection. My blog titles will be, and have been, misleading. This isn't the story of the longest bus ride in history to Georgia, Sorry. Never been there.

   I'm always curious how some parents arrive at the names they choose for their children. You have your Jennifers, Tiffanys, Michaels and Marks from my generations youth. Nowadays names like Caleb, Reagan, Gabby and Emily abound. Some choose from books or movies they like. Still others go with the family connection. I, however, did none of those. My daughter's name was chosen years in advance of her birth.
   After arriving in Washington state I went about 2 1/2 to 3 years with no vehicle. I was all about the public transit and the occasional taxi. The taxi was usually reserved for those days when I went grocery shopping and simply could not lug 10 bags of food by myself onto and off of a bus! I took the bus to work everyday at the mall where I had a job in a salon. Now, as you might guess, there are all kinds of people on a public transit bus. One person in particular stood out to me right from the start. She was a single mother trying to make it to school and work so she could raise her little girl. Her daughter couldn't have been more than 2 years old, maybe 3. Everyday I would ride and sit near this mother and her child. Quietly admiring how this mother seemed so intent on spending her time on the bus teaching her daughter the abc's, reading to her or simply singing a silly song. Children are like sponges. Soaking it all up.
   As time went on and I watched this little girl growing up on an almost daily basis, I became painfully aware that she wasn't progressing like others her age. That never stopped her mom from spending their time on the bus as an opportunity to learn. Oh, how I admired her! Finally, the day came when I got a car and no longer needed to ride that bus. "Yea", I thought. No more waiting in the rain, no more missed connections...and sadly, no more Savannah.
I would sometimes on my way past the bus stop see Savannah with her mother, and even though I never spoke to them again, the impression left on my heart by that little girl stayed with me. I had decided that if I ever had a little girl I would name her Savannah. Up until that point I had never heard of anyone with that name. After all, who names their child after a town?! I, of course, did not name my daughter after a town in Georgia. I named her after a little angel I met on a bus in Bellingham Washington.
   My niece DID name her daughter after a town in Georgia! You guessed it....Savannah! Though she and I lived in different parts of the country while pregnant and had NOT spoken to each other about baby names. We delivered 11 days apart and low and behold, gave our daughters the same name! We spell them differently and the middle names are different, too. For a short time they were even raised together after I moved back home to Oklahoma.
And that, folks, is the story of my 3 year bus ride to Savannah.
Mar. 8, 2010 6:47 am
That is a great blog! I like hearing how people come up with names for their babies, too. And I've always liked Savannah!
Mar. 8, 2010 6:56 am
Gorgeous story! It's funny the impression strangers can leave on your heart. Pretty powerful stuff! And I love the name :)
Mar. 8, 2010 8:14 am
Thanks for dropping in ladies!
Mar. 8, 2010 9:07 am
You have a gift, little lady and guess what my neice's name is... Really nice story !!!
Mar. 8, 2010 9:16 am
Great story, cowgirl. Names are the only things that we'll take with us when we leave this world and it's very important that they be chosen carefully. In this case to capture the fond memories of the two strangers in your daughter's name has got to be very special for her.
Mar. 8, 2010 9:58 am
Yes indeed, it is special for her. Even though she isn't quite old enough to really understand, she knows the story. I wrote down for her in her "Baby book" and in a scrapbook that I am keeping for her....LindaDiane, thanks for your lovely comment and how cool is that about your niece! I've found SO many girls named Savannah since the birth of mine. She is one of 3 in her school. I like that I can call up and say "yes, this is Savana's mom..." and they know it's me,LOL!
Mar. 8, 2010 3:28 pm
You never know how someone you meet is going to affect your life. Great story. Will be waiting for more. Mag
Mar. 8, 2010 5:19 pm
Neat story, thanks for sharing it. And Savana is a very pretty and unique name.
Mar. 8, 2010 8:15 pm
My twin granddaughters are Savanna and Cheyenne. I love both their names. Your story is really special.
Mar. 9, 2010 3:36 am
Savanna is one of my favorite names and I really enjoyed reading how you choose this name. People come into our lives for a reason and it's really wonderful how a total stranger can affect our lives.
Mar. 9, 2010 1:39 pm
great job girl, paths cross for a reason (always). I never used to believe that but too many strange turn of events have made me a true believer in this. Savannah is a beautiful name.
Mar. 10, 2010 5:45 am
BSM, Cheyenne is a pretty name as well. Redneck and Suzanne, ya'll are SO right on about people coming into our lives for a reason. I'm a believer, too.:D
Lee B 
Mar. 15, 2010 7:49 am
Wow! Sounds like she DID come into your world for a reason!All of my children are named for someone...but they have made their names their own..
Mar. 20, 2010 2:26 am
Years ago parents of some nationalities waited to name their babes when they percieved traits of that child. We often name our children after someone special to us, or with a special meaning. 46yrs.ago I was pregnant with child. My husband at that time was getting ready to go overseas onboard an aircraft carrier so we decided to choose a child's name. I was so sure this was a son, that I was in no way going to consider a girl's name. We chose the name Michael Edward, and as I was only 4months along when he left, we wrote only of Michael Edward for about 31/2 months. For some reason I started feeling strangly unsure of my conversations with Michael, even though there was fluttering movement every day, almost as a reassuance.There was music on the radio that I was familiar with from my chilhood, I knew the words to several of the songs. They were comforting to me for some reason, whether they were from movies I had seen when I was babysitting, or were albums my folks played, I didn,t remember. Two really stuck out in my mind. For enlisted men's wive's there were provisions made for a layette for the baby, if you qualified, which I did.I don't exactly remember how soon it was before I went into labor that my layette was delivered, but I had already written my husband and asked him if we could change the name of the baby, in case Michael wasn't Michael. I had chosen the 1st name,Dianne (w/2n's to be different) from the song with the part "I'm in heaven when I see you smile, smile for me, my Dianne" and her middle name,Marie from the song, "Marie, the dawn is breaking Marie, you'll soon be waking...." So when that layette showed up with a card that said "So happy it's a girl.." I guess I knew it was a good Idea I had rearranged my thinking and Michael Edward was really Dianne Marie and has been for nearly 46years, she smiles for me, and her Am & AD do too.
Mar. 24, 2010 5:55 am
That is a every sweet story! Thank you for posting it.
May 23, 2010 10:35 am
@ Am & Ad's Gram: My 45 year old mother's name is Diane Marie!! She'll be 46 this November. :) Beautiful story cowgrl, I selected my children's names in advance too. I had one picked for a boy or girl both pregnancies, then the second pregnancy threw me a curveball when I discovered upon ultrasound at 20 weeks that I was carrying triplets, 2 of them are named after relatives who have passed on. :D
Jun. 15, 2010 7:29 am
That is beautiful! My Christopher Alexander got his name because his mom, lol, was impatient and didn't want to wait on picking out a name so at 3 mo's I started searching. Ok I looked for 2 days and started crying, hormones did that, and I threw my hands up in the air bawling like a giant baby and said "Ok God you gave him to me you name him!" More bawling and almost instanting I heard a voice in my head that said "Christopher Alexander". I said ok. I never liked the name Christopher before that and when I looked the meaning of the name up in the latin form it means "Defender of Christ." That is how my baby got his name.
Jun. 15, 2010 7:30 am
....ps he lives up this name.
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