Friday, April 29, 2005

Just the Thursday Three (late,again) and I'm off to clean for our engagement this evening. Why can't we live in a barn?

At any rate, Possum's Thursday Three:
What does your name mean—any connection to what you do or who you are?

The old explanation of my name, Janis, is as a derivation of Jane, which is a derivation of John, meaning "full of grace".

Or there is the Wikipedia entry for Janis, which is: In Latvian mythology, Janis (or Jahnis) was a god associated with the Midsummer's Night festival (Jani). After Christianization, he was associated with John the Baptist, through a process of syncretism. Once a year, Janis came to bring luck and fertility to the people of Latvia.

Sweet and lovely and capable as my mama was, I don't think she was steeped in Latvian mythology. I'm likely named for Janis Paige, the actress. I've always preferred the association with Janis Joplin. Cry, Baby.

I don't have problems with my name, though I like Patricia, my sister's, better.
Patricia always got all the best stuff, and all the pink stuff. I was stuck with blue all my life. Darn it if Lyman doesn't prefer blue, too.

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