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Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)
TITLE: Whats In A Name?
By sandra hoolihan
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The angry black eyed nurse kept insisting a name be picked throughout the night and into the next day, but the fact was that when her water broke two weeks early, Janet and her husband Al had still not resolved the debate about the little ones name. Al’s father Frank had been pressuring them to keep with the centuries old family tradition of naming the first born son Aloysius. It started with Aloysius Anthony Clovis who then named his son Aloysius Bertram. The ancestors that followed chose Aloysius as the first name and then a middle name with the subsequent letter in the alphabet. Frank was legally Aloysius Franklin and named his son Aloysius Garrison.
It had always been a novelty; a funny story to tell over a drink, but now that the day had arrived for Al to name his own son, he wrestled with the idea of forcing this antiquated name on his child and leaving him the burden to either continue this tradition or get out of the rut this family had put itself into. On days the name could not be hidden: graduation days, signing legal documents, the first day of school roll call, Al remembered the humiliation the name brought. He remembered wishing to be known under a different name. His wife, Janet, had loved so many other names, biblical names, family names of loved ones now gone, and names that simply made her smile. She was willing to go along with the Clovis tradition, but Al knew she was making a sacrifice.
Frank, on the other hand had been so excited to hear they would have a son. Would he be Aloysius Harrison, Henderson or Herman? Frank’s wife, not a fan of the tradition herself, begged them not to keep the tradition going. She knew the pain her son felt and didn’t want a pointless tradition to affect her grandson. Throughout the pregnancy, the debate raged and tempers flared.
At ten o’clock sharp on the day Janet was scheduled to leave, the black eyed nurse appeared like the grim reaper haunting his prey.
“Well, my dear, times up,” she said triumphantly “It is time to check you out of here, but before we let you leave, we need you to put a name on the little guy’s birth certificate. So, what is his name going to be?”
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