Hey, what’s your name?

So let me tell you a story, it’s a story unlike any other… you might not even believe it. But trust me, it’s true! Unbelievable, but true…

My current birth certificate says my legal name, let’s say it’s “Michelle Lysa”* That is the name my parents gave me. 

After getting my adoption records I found the original birth certificates, one copy says “Baby Jones” 

Another copy says “Michelle Lisa Jones ” (wrong spelling)
My mom says she kept telling the social worker, no it’s “Michelle Lysa ” not “Lysa/Lisa Michelle” but they kept writing that. I asked her why she spelled it differently, she said she saw a fashion designer in her trip to New York with that name and she loved the way it was spelled. 

Just a mistake right? HA! Think again. This is where my life begins to get weird. My birth mother named me “Lysa Michelle” not Lisa Michelle but LYSA Michelle, with the same spelling because a part of her name was spelled like that. That’s what she told me! Honest! Now you’re probably thinking, ‘your parents knew that already. They had to’. Nope. Had no clue just thought the social worker was messing up the names. 

Want to know what else is weird? I have a biological cousin who is the same age as me and her name is “LISA MICHELLE”. My aunt and birth mother were pregnant at the same time…But because no one knew my birth mother was pregnant no one knew that was my name. Ironic isn’t it. My aunt naming her “Lisa Michelle” is purely a coincidence. When I asked my aunt she said she had no idea I even existed. 
Something else unbelievable, my biological brothers name is “Michael”. “Michael & Michelle”…

If only that was the end of the story…

I lived downtown in an apartment complex until I was 4. My birth mother worked in that same complex while we lived there. Did my parents know? NOPE! (I know, unbelievable)

I lived in Roxbury from age 4 on… she lived 5 minutes away on a street I know very well. Had friends who lived there as well. Never knew her. 

My moms brother, my uncle, married a woman named “Kim Jones” from a large family. My aunt married a man “John Jones” from the same family…Years later I found out that those two members of same family are actually cousins of my birth mother. Some craziness right? That one freaked me out. Why? I always said I thought they were related because they all came from a huge family and they have a resemblance to them. 

As I find out things I get more and more confused, frustrated, annoyed, excited & all kinds of other things. Why is everything so coincidental?! Sometimes I feel like it can’t be true and somebody is lying to me. Then some days I think, maybe it’s just the way it’s supposed to be. I don’t know. 

There are a lot of other coincidences that I can’t talk about because I don’t want to. I just don’t want to think of some of the things that are too close to home. Some things are personal for various family members and I wouldn’t intentionally put their business out there. 

Sometimes I look at my life and say “nah, this isn’t real life. Somebody let me know when y’all want to tell me the truth” 

Just waiting for that day.

*all names changed for privacy reasons


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