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Just Jane 002

A semi-regular series in which I share a fact or three about myself.


Me, circa 1984

I’m one of six children; chronologically I come fifth, though intellectually, I’m obviously at the top. (Just kidding, any siblings who might be reading this.) We’re three boys and three girls, and that many siblings mean that I’m an aunt many times over (five nieces, five nephews, a great-niece, two step-nephews, a step-niece, and a step-great-niece). I love being part of a big family, and I can’t imagine it any other way.

I once made the statement: “I never wear lipstick.” (It was swiftly followed by “Sometimes I wear lipstick,” which has gone on to become one of those things that my friends repeat with much hilarity due to how overwhelmingly ridiculous it is.) Pretty much since that day, I’ve found that wearing lipstick is a really good way to lift my confidence. This is not news; it’s been the way of the world for many years, but it took me a while to cotton on. Now, you can usually find at least two lipsticks in any bag I own, and I’ve bought the same MUA colour about sixteen times (without using any up first).

I really like my name. I never, ever find it on personalised things like bookmarks or pencil cases, but I’m mostly OK with that. I like that it’s a bit of an old lady name because it means that I rarely meet people of my own age with the same name. I like that it’s one syllable because it can’t be shortened but it can be lengthened. I’ve been known as Janey and Janus in the past, though mostly now I am just Jane.

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  • Reply Confuzzled Bev

    I went to school with a Jane. It was actually her middle name, but she went by that instead of her first name. I feel like Jane is quite common as a middle name. I’m surprised it doesn’t appear on personalised things though! Mine doesn’t either, but that’s really not surprising at all.

    March 6, 2018 at 9:41 am
    • Reply Jane

      Yeah, it is pretty common as a middle name, or as the second part of a first name. I think that where most personalised things are for kids, and Jane is really a very popular name for children these days, that’s why I don’t often see it. But I can live without most personalised things anyway!

      March 6, 2018 at 1:22 pm

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