Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Sagal. Meaning morning star. Reason, praise. My name is from Somalia, where I was born, but not raised. My name is something special to my culture, to my ancestors, and most importantly to my family. My name is something precious like an heirloom that I should live up to. My name is what my parents were struggling to come up with when I was born. You see, my dad wanted to call me Muna, meaning wish or desire, but my mom wanted Sagal. Well, at the end of the day I was nameless and kept being called “her,” “she,” or my favorite “it.” But my mother obviously got what she wanted. Although, both names are beautiful in their own way, I prefer Muna, well, because I just like it better than Sagal. My family and friends call me Muna rather than Sagal. They actually think it’s weird when people call me Sagal. I still find it weird that my mother wanted it to call me Sagal because Muna came from her mother, Maymuna. I never met my grandmother, and I know she meant a lot to my mother. Although, I found it odd that my mother decided to call me Sagal. It didn’t originate from anything or anyone, sort of like a new flower blossoming. After I was named Sagal, two of my cousins were named after me, seems like my mother started a trend. Yes. Something like trendsetter will do.