The Art of Being a Jennifer

by Jenunique
originally published at 11:06AM on Sunday, November 04, 2007

It’s not everyday that you don’t run into one of us. We are everywhere.

In your local department stores, in your schools, in your churches, even randomly on the streets.

You’ll know us by the name being called reprimandingly, “Jennifer!” At least three will turn toward the accusation, innocence pasted on our face, of course.

We may spell it differently, but we are one and the same.

Jennifer, Jenifer, Jeniffer, Gennifer, Genifer, Jynifer. Oh, you get the idea.

There is an art to being a Random Jen. Even an art to being a Jennifer itself.

Certain things are expected of us.

The aire of superiority. “Know it alls” some would say. Arrogant, from others.

Loners and trendsetters. Opionated and compensating. We are still categorically Jennifer.

We love chocolate and books.

We want friends and time alone.

We have specific goals and strive to meet them as long as it doesn’t interfere with our ‘procrastinatic’ ways.

We love making up new words.

And we all answer to one name.




  • from insomniac:

    This is funny…

  • from someday_93:

    Very nice! Though I don’t believe I know even one Jennifer…ah well.

  • from judee4u2:

    I do believe that you are right about the name “Jennifer”. I have said it myself many times. Especially when talking with other mothers who have “Jennifers”, and I would comment “It must be something to do with the name!” Anyway, I wonder if you would have the same personality if you had been named Melanie? It just seems to me that people grow to suit their names most of the time. Great analogy!

  • from Jenunique:

    I was just about to comment on how strange it was that someone would mention the name Melanie, considering….. Then it hit me… Mom?!! :^)

  • from Capital "W" Writer (LoA's Geekus Awesomeus):

    As someone with the exceedingly (oft times annoyingly) common name of David, I think I can relate to this in some small way. :)

  • from Mask By The Moon:

    ..............I should be a Jennifer. I make up words… and all the rest I relate to.

  • from TrickyDevil:

    Great story… I’ve been friends with many a Jennifer and yep… you’ve described each one :-)

  • from Fantasy:

    i really like this. it’s funny.