Amusing story about baby names

We're trying to come up with a name for our baby. It's very bizarre. You're naming a person. It's wild. It's fun. It's a name for a person.

I've spent a good part of my free time in my youth coming up with amusing names for bands. One of things I like about naming bands is that the name doesn't matter if the band is good. But if the name is good and the band is good, well then that's a great combo. A bad band name isn't really that big a deal though, if the substance of the band, the music and the things that the band chooses to express, are worthwhile.

It's not the same, but it's sort of the same with a baby. We've been through every naming book we could find and really it comes down to the same process. You find a name that hits you right. Except in this case the person, doesn't have any idea what he's in for. We know it's a boy, which doesn't really help as much as you think it would.

We're not going to do a Junior. Just doesn't feel right for some reason. We're down to a few names. I am kind of liking David as a first name tonight. I was talking to Laura about it and one of the things that I like about the name David is the biblical reference. David was a great man, in that he said, you know what, I can fix this if I just use my sling. That's a pretty bold move. I respect that. So I mention this to Laura, and refer to Michelangelo's David which we saw in Florence a few years ago.

So she says, oh yeah like the statue and puts her hand over her head, posing like a statue. Thing is Michelangelo's David doesn't have his hand over his head. So I say "Who is that?" and she starts laughing and says "I don't know, it's the statue". So now I'm really laughing because she's gotten the statue wrong, and I say "No, Michelangelo's David has his hands at his side and he's looking up at Goliath with a look on his face like 'I can take this guy' ." and I add "He's not doing the Macarena!" and I put my hand over my head like Laura had, but with the whole dance move thrown in. To add to the joke I make up a few bars about David taking down Goliath to the tune of the Macarena. This was quite amusing to us.

As I write this I must admit it turns out I got the arm position wrong, in that his left hand is up at his shoulder holding his sling. When I was checking, I read on this page that Irving Stone thought the statue captures the moment that David decides to try to take down Goliath, which I must admit feels right. It's really a good web page about the statue if you are interested in learning more about Michalengelo's David with many links and offline references to how it was created, why it's a masterpiece and how it was conceived and delivered.

Who knows what we will name this boy/man Laura is gestating. We have been thinking about it and talking about it for weeks. I think we're just going to have a short list ready and then after the birth we'll take a few minutes to ask him and see what he tells us. In any event this is one part of the pregnancy experience I didn't anticipate enjoying as much as I have.

Each name we come up with has so much weight, because we're considering naming our son. What a great problem to have. I'm already pretty impressed with the importance and significance of parenting and I haven't even met this guy yet.

Larry Cummings

I work with product development teams, helping find balance between people and machines to get valuable things done. I'm married and have one child. I completely love sweeping generalizations.

Phoenix, AZ

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