#19 What's in a name?

The night I was born, my parents were in a head-on car collision that jarred me loose. I came into the world early and agitated.

Those were the days when nobody wore a seat belt and cars didn't have airbags. My parents had bought some acreage outside of Deer River (a financially and historically depressed area of northern MN) and were a couple of free spirits, living off the land. They and the family dog had been to town and were preparing to traverse the dark country roads, back to their hand-built cabin in the woods, when a pair of headlights appeared on the horizon. As they neared, it was evident that the car was driving right toward them. My dad had a buddy who was notorious for playing chicken with anyone he came upon while behind the wheel, and, assuming it was his jovial pal, he stayed his course. When it became clear that the motorist was either having a crisis or was on a suicide mission, my dad attempted to swerve to avoid hitting them. Unfortunately, he did it a few seconds too late and the vehicles collided. My mom flew forward and broke the windshield with her head. The stunned dog ambled out of the car and headed for my grandparent's house a mile or so down the road. His frantic barking on their doorstep was a clear indication that something was amiss. Once responders showed up, my mom was taken to the hospital to be observed. The nurses were picking glass out of her forehead and trying to ascertain her physical condition, being that she was both heavy with child and in a great deal of distress. Shortly after, her water broke and little baby Danger was ready to tango! My poor mom, delivering her first child after having just been tossed into a windshield, head aching, scared, and now, without a vehicle.

It was roughly 4 a.m. when I made my first appearance. My parents had already decided to name me "Sasha" regardless of my sex, after having seen Dr. Zhivago. My middle name, however, was chosen by Dr. Goodall- the family physician who not only delivered me but both of my little brothers a few years later. He said he had always wanted to deliver a baby girl named, Mercedes. That day he got his wish. Folks may call me Mercy Danger these days, but I was born to two struggling, young back-to-the-landers, who named their little girl, Sasha Mercedes. I came into this world with a force and I hope to BE a force while I'm in it. 

 

9 comments

  • Peg

    Peg NH

    Wow! No wonder you are so fierce, Mercy Danger!

    Wow! No wonder you are so fierce, Mercy Danger!

  • Beth

    Beth Saudi Arabia

    I forgot about that story! Thanks for triggerin’ the ol’noggin’. I heart the way you describe Deer River.

    I forgot about that story! Thanks for triggerin’ the ol’noggin’. I heart the way you describe Deer River.

  • Hot Pink Hangover

    Hot Pink Hangover

    Peg and Beth, thanks so much for your time and comments! Yes- it was a bit of a whirlwind for my poor parents- but they are full of grit! I may write a blog solely on Deer River someday. ;-)

    Peg and Beth, thanks so much for your time and comments! Yes- it was a bit of a whirlwind for my poor parents- but they are full of grit! I may write a blog solely on Deer River someday. ;-)

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca Madison (currently CO!)

    Sasha! Remember Switzerland together!? ha ha. Anyway, what a beautifully written story! What an interesting way to enter this world! Keep on rockn babe! xo

    Sasha! Remember Switzerland together!? ha ha. Anyway, what a beautifully written story! What an interesting way to enter this world! Keep on rockn babe! xo

  • Hot Pink Hangover

    Hot Pink Hangover

    Rebecca, I will never forget our time in Switzerland! A bright spot on my timeline to be sure! Hope you and your beautiful family are doing well. If you ever get to Minneapolis please look me up! -Mercy D.

    Rebecca, I will never forget our time in Switzerland! A bright spot on my timeline to be sure! Hope you and your beautiful family are doing well. If you ever get to Minneapolis please look me up! -Mercy D.

  • Carolyn

    Carolyn Sioux Falls

    What a way to enter the world!! No wonder you are such a fireball, Sasha!! So glad that everyone survived! It was cool of your parents to name you Mercedes for the Dr. I think it is a cool name!!

    What a way to enter the world!! No wonder you are such a fireball, Sasha!! So glad that everyone survived! It was cool of your parents to name you Mercedes for the Dr. I think it is a cool name!!

  • Connie Powell

    Connie Powell Bayfield, WI

    Your blog brought me back to that tragic, yet amazing night. You were a blessing from the first moment you entered this world and have always been so "special" to all you come in contact with. Being your mother has truly been the best!!

    Your blog brought me back to that tragic, yet amazing night. You were a blessing from the first moment you entered this world and have always been so "special" to all you come in contact with. Being your mother has truly been the best!!

  • Hot Pink Hangover

    Hot Pink Hangover

    Oh mama! What a trying time for you! I can’t even imagine. Thank you for always being a pillar of composure and bravery. I love you. -Sasha Mercedes

    Oh mama! What a trying time for you! I can’t even imagine. Thank you for always being a pillar of composure and bravery. I love you. -Sasha Mercedes

  • Jamie Lallak

    Jamie Lallak

    Wow, what a strong mother!!! That’s insane that that happened but everything turned out okay, I’m assuming?

    Wow, what a strong mother!!! That’s insane that that happened but everything turned out okay, I’m assuming?

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