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Friday, 3 July 2009

Surprise! Surprise!

Life is full of surprises. Some good, like seeing your mate's face when you put a fresh cow pat under the passenger seat of his car on the hotest day of the year a few hours before he takes the girl he has been trying to date for 6 months out on a date, or opening the paper and being confronted by this. Some bad, like Barcelona sticking two past us in the last ten minutes of the Champions League final, or my father handing me a tube of shaving foam when I was seven and claiming that it was a new brand of toothpaste. Not funny.

But I have to confess to biggest surprise of all a few months ago now when, defying all confident diagnosis, statistics, hundreds of years of old wives tales about the shape of bumps, and the man who followed the wife off the bus (yes, really) to tell her that he had a gift for being able to forsee such things, we (or rather she with me looking) had a baby boy.

I. Was. Totally. Amazed. Still am.

After having two girls, you come to think that the dice are loaded to come up pink, so to roll blue on the third attempt ... well, let's just say it was like that moment in Terminator II when Arnie turned out NOT to be the bad guy. OK, so maybe it was a bit more special than that. More like when you realise that Bruce Willis is actually dead in the Sixth Sense.

Which leaves one question that readers of my last
post will be interested in knowing. What did we call him?

Anyone who has read my books will understand that in the end, there was only one choice: Felix. Or more specifically Felix Ludovic Robert Twining. Actually it wasn't that simple. Our initial choice was Ludovic, but our resolve faltered when half the people we told the name to pronounced it (for some reason I still haven't been able to fathom) Ludvig, and the other half made some sniggering reference to US gangsta' rapper Ludacris.

Naming him after a master art thief was an easy choice after that!


Anonymous George said...

Congratulations! I wish your son a healthy, happy and long life. Did you really name the little tyke, Felix? That is nothing short of outstanding. Enjoy.

July 22, 2009  

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