[J] is for Janka

Janka is my sister. She is the younger one so she has not suffered the ‘naming after the parent’, unlike me. In my family, a tradition has been born (with me) where the first child is named after a parent. My mother did that and both of her younger sisters too. The tradition has started with them and will stop with us. By us, who are exposed to the confusion, loss of privacy as our letters were constantly opened by our parents, and endless explaining – no, the person you are looking for is actually my mom. Our traditions don’t last very long. With each year we add to our age, more alterations are being made. Not even Christmas traditions are safe. Easter was banned years ago.

Marasca is not my real name. But I feel it is my true name. I was given the surname printed in my passport after my father. I am not my father. I am a half of my mother too (btw it’s her 60th birthday today). So I have taken half of her maiden name and half of my father’s name and mashed them together. Mara-sca. I think it sounds great. It compliments my first name (which I actually don’t mind that much). Plus it is also a type of sour cherry.  And I love cherries.

J in the A to Z challenge.



  1. Silvia Writes · April 11, 2014

    Happy birthday to your mom. Great names, both of them by the way. Eva is very musical, and Janka … I can also almost hear a melody in it. Or maybe it’s just me. 🙂


  2. galeriaredelius · April 13, 2014

    Inspiring post! You’ve got my mind going on how I could create a new last name, merging the ones of my parents… A fun exercise. Marasca sounds great, and you even have cherries in there!


  3. babyruthbeer · February 20, 2015

    I like the sound of Marasca! 🙂 Nice meeting you! ☼

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