Fortune has always favoured me, from the hour of my birth, our birth, when I opened my eyes to this cruel world and found Fortune sucking my thumb.
Following the tradition of our ancestors, my parents gave their children symbolic names in the (mistaken) belief that in adulthood they would live up to the definition of the very names they have been blessed with at birth. Our various cousins are named:
- Beauty – a rather plain girl with a permanent scowl, dispelling with the notion that “beauty shines from within”
- Professor – a football player who has never shown any propensity for book learning
- Prudence – born without common sense, but she suffers the consequences of her impulsive decisions with a delightful grin
- Joy – a melancholy girl who thrives on the misery and despair that surrounds her
Fortune is the name of my twin brother. I am his favourite sister. His only sister. Therefore, he favours me. Even in adulthood, only I can soothe him when he is down in the dumps, my home is his safe haven, my kitchen his favourite eatery and he still sucks my thumb while watching television with my family. My parents should have named him Nuisance.
My name? Mercy. Do I live up to it? Judge for yourself.
Have you ever noticed how some people just do not fit into the fold of their given names?
Jokes aside, various ethnic groups in South Africa traditionally name their children to express their pride and joy in the birth of a welcome new addition to the family (English translations): Magnificent, Innocent, Gift, Promise, Precious, Helper, Kindness, Wish, Happiness. How splendid is that?
Linda said: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “fortune.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!
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