There are memories that you have forever. And sometimes it’s just the knowledge of a memory that makes it special.
When I was little, well 7, maybe 9? my Grandmother took me to my first ballet. This was a huge deal! I was taking ballet lessons, loving it, and I had dreams that one day I would get to dance on a big stage in front of a huge audience. That night my Grandmother and I sat at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford and watched the first act and Wedding Act of Sleeping Beauty, along with other excerpts by the National Ballet of Canada. That night is etched in my memory. I still have the National Ballet keychain she bought for me. And I’ll have a reminder of that night every time I look at my daughter.
Aurora is the princess in Sleeping Beauty. The child prayed for by her parents, and a blessing given to them by God.
Aurora is also the Greek goddess of the dawn. She brings forth new light every morning.
Aurora Borealis is the proper name for the Northern Lights, an amazing sight that to Pierre Gassendi looked like the sun rising in an unusual place.
The first night that Brian and I spent on Ernst Island we sat on the dock to just watch the stars and that evening the Northern Lights decided to give us a show. I’ve seen them on at least one other occasion during my time at Ernst Island.
For both Brian and I the name Aurora isn’t just a gorgeous name that we love, it’s a name that brings back some great memories. It reminds us of such a special place, a place I know Rory will love as she grows. And it reminds me of an amazing woman who taught me how to dream and love.
Rory’s middle names are after some amazing women in our lives. Brian’s Aunt Elizabeth is a woman we both love and respect. My Aunt Elizabeth Stone gives the best hugs of anyone I know. And Ada. Ada was my grandmother’s first name. I didn’t know this until I read it on her headstone the day before her funeral. She never liked the name and went by her middle name, but I have loved it since then. I have so much love and respect for my Grandmother, and I strive to be a woman that she would be proud of.
Rory’s name was chosen before we were even pregnant with Grayson, before Gray’s name was even chosen.
I’m so excited for Aurora Elizabeth Ada Ernst to join our family in 2013. I love calling her by name, and that Brian calls her by name. And I love that Grayson is learning to say her name.
Years later I danced on the stage my Grandmother and I watched Sleeping Beauty performed on. And my Grandmother was in the audience with a big proud smile on her face.