Generic names

John Smith

Mary Smith

Two of the most generic names out there… I get asked by clients on a regular basis if it’s really my name… I roll my eyes (the good thing about being on the phone) and if I’m in the mood tell the customer that if I were going to have a “fake” name it would be much more creative…

On the flip side… it’s easy to spell.

Well… John Smith gets used even more frequently as a generic name… I wasn’t quite prepared to see this when I opened up the mail from a hospice that I donated to in memory of a friend’s mother… this is from their website-


The block example in their magazine listed “In Memory of John Smith Beloved Father”

Both are true…

Maybe I should just be glad that they chose “Betty Smith” instead of Mary Smith.  Although there’s nothing wrong with having my name carved in stone next to John’s, I just don’t plan on being deceased anytime soon…  but then, most people don’t really plan on being deceased…


About Mary K. Smith

I was widowed in July 2009, when I lost my beloved husband, John, to melanoma. Cancer SUCKS. We have a young son who was just a year old when his father died. I live on a small farm in Maryland which is home to horses, cats, and a dog. I started this blog as a way for me to heal, a way to remember my husband, and eventually I'd like to share it with our son so he can see the love that his father had for him, the love that we had for each other, what a great person his father was, and how hard his father fought to live.
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