Monday, January 12, 2009
Where did the name Rayce come from?
I know a lot of you know that I'm a big fan of racing but my love of racing isn't really where the name came from. When I was pregnant with Drew we had decided to take a name from Mike's family to use for a middle name. When I was pregnant with Jackson we thought that it was only fair to use a name from my family.
I knew instantly that I wanted to use a name from my Dad but in all honesty I just wasn't a big fan of his first or middle name. I know that sounds kind of mean but they are both more his era than now. It was time to get creative. I could have shortened his first name to Ben but that just ended up sounding more like my Grandpa than my Dad. It really didn't matter what I came up with because every time I would try to think about my dad the word "race" would pop into my train of thought.
Then the wheels started turning. Could I use the word race as a name? I pitched the idea to Mike and I got a very stern no. I even tried to explain that we could change the spelling to "Rayce" so that it resembled a name and not so much a sport. Mike still wasn't buying it. I remember being so disappointed and so frustrated that Mike couldn't understand what that name would mean to me.
A few months later, Mike came up to me on a random Tuesday and said, "let's name him Jackson Rayce." What!?! What in the world had changed his mind!?! He told me that he knew he was being selfish and he knew that it was important to me. I remember being so excited and so thankful that Mike finally got it.
What makes the story even better are the similarities between Jackson and Dad.
• They both weighed the same at birth.
• They both had the same full head of dark hair when they were born.
• In a family full of brown eyes, Jackson and Dad were blue eyes.
• Jackson's length at birth was 19 in., my Dad's race car number.
• Jackson has got the same easy going, calm, happy personality that my Dad had.
I know it's kind of silly, but all of those similarities make me really happy.
Posted by Allison Davis at 12:48 AM