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.