A twentysomething nurse at Sacred Heart was adjusting an I.V. port in my elderly mother's arm this afternoon.
My mom (who is going to be fine) looked at the young woman's name tag.
"Ashley," she said, rolling it around in her mind. "That's an unusual name."
Now that friendly, competence-exuding nurse has no doubt been surrounded by a thicket of Ashleys her whole life. In every year from 1985 through 1995, it was the No. 1 or No. 2 most popular name given to female newborns.
But this Ashley was kind enough to go along with my mother's observation. She fibbed and said she had only encountered a couple of others with that name.
I wish I knew how to contact her parents. I'd like to tell them that their daughter has some new fans.