September 16, 2016
A long time ago, my parents were expecting a baby. During those days, they made an agreement about the name depending on the baby’s sex. The baby was me, a baby girl. For that reason, my mother chose my names which are Silvana Graciela. Both are Latin names, and very common in Argentina where I am from.
My first name means ‘God of trees and forests’, but my mother likes this name because of the sound of the letters and for a popular singer at that time, Silvana Di Lorenzo. Something funny is that my mother has never called me Silvana; she calls me Silvi. Most of my friends and family call me Sil, which is obviously short for Silvana.
My second name is special because it’s in honor of my grandmother, my mother’s mother. Just one time in my life I was called Graciela. I was in Kindergarten when my teacher decided to call me Graciela because there was another student named Silvana. Nowadays, I use Grace, similar version of Graciela in English, when I have to reserve a table in a restaurant, when somebody asks my name in the fitting room, or when I order a Starbucks’coffee. It’s easier just say Grace instead of Silvana because everybody knows how to spell it. Also, I love the meaning of my second name; ‘God’s favor’.