Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The One Who Was Born on Pearl Harbor Day

Quote of the Day:  Naming My Daughter by Patricia Fargnoli

In the Uruba tribe of Africa, children are
named not only at birth but throughout their
lives by their characteristics and the events
that befall them.

The one who took hold in the cold night
The one who kicked loudly
The one who slid down quickly in the ice storm
She who came while the doctor was eating dessert
New one held up by heels in the glare
The river between two brothers
Second pot on the stove
Princess of a hundred dolls
Hair like water falling beneath moonlight
Strides into the day
She who runs away with motorcycle club president
Daughter kicked with a boot
Daughter blizzard in the sky
Daughter night-pocket
She who sells sports club memberships
One who loves over and over
She who wants child but lost one.
She who wants marriage but has none
She who never gives up
Diana (Goddess of the Chase)
Doris (for the carrot-top grandmother
she never knew)
Fargnoli (for the father
who drank and left and died)
Peter Pan, Iron Pumper
Tumbleweed who goes months without calling
Daughter who is a pillar of light
Daughter mirror, Daughter stands alone
Daughter boomerang who always comes back
Daughter who flies forward into the day
where I will be nameless.

"Naming My Daughter" by Patricia Fargnoli, from Necessary Light. © Utah State University Press, 1999. Found on the Writer's Almanac.

Yesterday, Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day remembered in the USA, my son Zach became a teenager.  Thirteen years ago, I was living in Grand Rapids, MN with his older brother Bobby and their dad.  We'd gone Christmas shopping that day - the only year that I started and finished that early.  We ended the day by going to the movie Flubber.  Zach started letting me know that he was ready to arrive a little earlier than scheduled - an early Christmas gift, if you will. 

With inspiration from Patricia Fargnoli - Naming my Second-born Son

The One who was born on a infamous day
The One who came early in a quiet hospital
The One who needed sunlight for jaundice
The One who looked like Baby Jesus on Christmas Eve
The One who slept best
The One who liked pancakes
The One who told stories and memorized books
The One who brought home Matilda
The One who makes friends easy
The One who sings
The One who plays trumpet
The One who broke his cheek bone
The One who doesn't have an appendix
The One who got the swine flu
The One who cared for me when I got it, too
The One who is a math master
The One who rocks at the breast stroke
The One who reads and reads and reads
The One who hugs
The One who doesn't think he's too old to say, "I love you."
The One who got sick on his birthday
The One I call my Christmas Baby

Journaling Prompt:  Write a naming poem for you or someone you care about.

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