Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Middle names

Nate is currently obsessed with middle names. That is one of his most common questions to anyone on the phone. When strangers say hi to him in public (this happens a lot, I think people can tell he is outgoing or it's the fact that he says HELLO!), he immediately asks what their name is and then what their middle name is. He and Alex thought it was hilarious when we told them Gigi's real name was Marguerite Clementine. Clementine struck them as particularly funny and when Nate tried to repeat it the next night at dinner, it came out at "lemon cool" which they thought was even funnier.

Last night Nate and I went to Trader Joe's and he wanted to talk about middle names in the car. For the first time, he asked me why his middle name is Robert. I told him I had a grandpa Robert/Bob I loved very much. Then he asked why Alex's middle name is Joseph. I told him I had a grandpa Joseph/Joe I loved very much and we talked about visiting him in Florida. With all the sweetness that only a 3 year old can bring he said, "I love grandpa Bob and grandpa Joe too. I love them very much."

It was an unexpected moment when the loss of my grandpas hit me hard, but I am so very glad we decided to give our boys names of two of the most amazing veterans I've had the honor to know. And through the years, I will tell them more and more about why my grandpas inspired us to choose those names, including the fact they fought for our country's freedom.

Happy Veteran's Day.

11 comments:

Lindsay said...

Dude, I'M going to cry over that! Stupid PMS!

Lindsay said...

Oh, and JTC doesn't quite GET middle names yet. According to him, he's "James Thomas Crawford" and I'm "Lindsay Thomas Crawford." =)

Sadia said...

How sweet!

I never know quite how to acknowledge Veterans' Day. Lucas gets very self-conscious about it.

*Kc* said...

Aw that was so so sweet. 3.5yr olds are so sensitive and loving. Love the name Joseph

Cami only knows her middle name, but doesn't know why she has it or that anyone else has one.

Quadmama said...

What a touching post. I think it's great that you used the middle names as a way to honor relatives. We did something similar, too. I think it's hilarious when people ask my daughters their names and the girls give them their full names.

Steph said...

That's sweet. Cooper's middle name, James, is from Ben's grandfather that passed away before Ben was born, but it is also Ben's middle name too.

According to Cooper I am Mommy Marie O, not Stephanie Marie O....he somewhat gets middle names, but not quite.

Shari said...

We also gave our girls middle names that tied them to family members. They love to talk about it too.

Amy said...

My older son and twin boys' middle names are after their grandfathers and great grandfather and my twin daughter's first name is after her great grandmothers and grandmother. i love when people are named for someone special.

Karen said...

Michael is named after Todd but Katie shares my middle name, which was also my grandmother's name. I think it's very neat to pick names that have a family/sentimental significance.

Beth said...

I was trying to teach William his address, phone number, and to spell his first and last name, but he INSISTED on including his middle name. William's middle name is Ed's mom's maiden name, and Seth's middle name is my maiden name. It's kind of a southern tradition to use maiden names as middle names (or even as first names), but I like how it helps preserve family history. And I LOVE that Alex and Nate will be aware of who they are named for and why. Awesome!

Julie said...

That is a beautiful post and a wonderful way to honor your grandfathers!

Lana too is obsessed with middle names, but b/c hers is a Chinese name, she asks EVERYONE what their Chinese name is. I keep telling her that not everyone has a Chinese name, but then she will go and find someone who actually does have a Chinese name and she gets super excited.