Every year, 26,000 babies are stillborn in America. In 2003, one of them was my son.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Son of My Sorrow

Some months after Ben died, I went online to look up the meaning of his name. Because he was the second child, I had not obsessed over his name as I had with my first child; we knew, more or less, what we would name a son, having decided during our first pregnancy.

The definition I found hit a little too close to home:

"A biblical name borne by the youngest of the twelve sons of Jacob. His mother Rachel died in giving birth to him, and in her last moments she named him Benoni, meaning 'son of my sorrow'. His father, however, did not wish him to bear such an ill-omened name, and renamed him Benyamin. ... In the middle ages the name was often given to young boys whose mothers had passed away during childbirth."

16 comments:

Monica H said...

But Ben is not the son of your sorrow.

Monique said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'm very sorry about Ben. It's a beautiful name for a beautiful boy.

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