|April 18, 2022
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would
smell as sweet.
Romeo and Juliet
- Act 2 Scene 2
Socrates said ''Regard
your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be
possessed of''. But how can you be sure the name you
choose for your child is good in the first place? There are
experts for that, like Taylor Humphrey, a professional baby
In our family, finding the right name for
each child was a challenge, my wife always wanted to wait
until she saw the little tyke to see if he or she looked
like the names she liked. On one occasion, the hospital
threatened to keep us there until we came up with one. Our
first one was born on my dad's birthday, so naming the
little guy after his grandfather was an easy decision, and
when the little guy was old enough to travel and smile at
strangers, my dad, president of a small town bank, took him
around and introduced him to all the bank employees, "Meet
Glenn Howes", he would say, with a big smile on his
face. So proud, a great memory.
Other names were
tougher to come up with, but we managed, naming them after
saints or departed relatives. I only remember one time when
I vetoed my wife, she wanted to name our oldest daughter "Mary".
"No way", I said, "she looks like
an Anne". Somewhere along the line, it became "Annie"
to this day.
My youngest daughter is thinking
about a baby in her future, and asked me my opinion (a rare
event, let me tell you) about names. Well, with her Irish
last name of "O'Quinn", for me that was easy. "If
it's a boy, name it Shamus", I said, "I
always liked that one". No, she wasn't sure about
that one. "Ok, how about "Darby O'Gill, I
really liked that movie, with all those little people and
all". I was shot down on both. I just hope she
comes up with a name for free, $1,500 for a consultant seems
a bit steep to me, I'd have only charged her $500 bucks.
I'm sending you this from my motorhome in Hot
Springs National Park this morning, a beautiful morning view
out the windshield from my office on the passenger side
dashboard. I'll be back at the Minnesota lake cabin, a
thousand miles North, as soon as I hear the snow is gone.
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