Today is Marilyn Monroe’s birthday; she would have been 83 years old. What is weird and wonderful to me is that it is my birthday too 🙂
I have always been fascinated by the fact that not only do we share a name, we share a birthday. I always tease my mom that she named me after Marilyn Monroe. The fact is that being the 5th child in my family, my parents did not have a name for me until several days after my birth! My dad brought a list of name suggestions from his co-workers to my mom in the hospital. I guess there were some pretty unsavory selections on that list! So they went with ‘Marilyn’.
It’s kind of funny to grow up with an iconic bombshell as your namesake. I never really minded it…kind of liked it. I have grown to admire Marilyn Monroe over the years and have learned to look at the woman behind all the glossy hype. I think I really would have liked her as a person. I think she was a very smart, well read businesswoman (which I strive to be). She also had a couple of unsuccessful marriages (as have I) but still believed in the hopefulness of finding love. And…wow…who is more gorgeous that Marilyn Monroe? I can only hope that I at least have one tiny shred of that beauty!
So, Happy Birthday dear Norma Jean…we share more than you know!