“I was named after a woman I had met only once in my life. At first I disliked this, as I didn’t know who she was, but after a while, I realized that it wasn’t about me, it was about the gift my mom got to have everyday, being reminded of her hero. And of course there was the honor for me to be named after a beautiful woman I had learned about and loved. A couple of times I tried hiding my name and just went by my middle name, Jordyn, as my grandmother, Naomi Aldine, went by Aldine. Now, I admire the true importance and beauty of this woman and decided I would proudly carry what she chose not to, Naomi.’

 

 

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