TS Eliot warned us in his poem "The Naming of Cats"
"The naming of cats is a difficult matter
It isn't just one of your holiday games
You may think at first I'm mad as a hatter
When I tell you a cat must have three different names"
The naming of names is a strange enterprise indeed. I like to think there is a reason for all the 'madness' moms and dads go through picking names for children. In our case, back 24 years ago, what we thought would be easy was anything but. First of all, we didn't want to know the gender, so we complicated our decision by having to compile two lists of names. Our girl list was pretty set in stone, but our column of males was added to and deleted each day it seemed. Long story short(really)-- everything fell into place with the help of the Moody Blues. We were watching the Today Show on a June morning and the band was on. After a song, they interviewed Justin Heywood, the lead singer, and E- and I both looked at each other. Our eyes locked(really)! That was it! The deed was done... well, almost-- we had another little issue, but I'll save that for another day.
Happy Birthday to our 'beautiful boy' Justin.
*ps Last summer, he finally got to see Justin and the boys at Meadowbrook in NH. When they took the stage, and the first chords rang out of "Lovely To See You Again", the biggest smile ran across his face.
The naming of names, a difficult task, but one well worth it!