I didn't know that. So what seems to be the current common practice of keeping our birthname may actually be a swing towards parental authority?
Wonderful writing, as per usual, David. And the others are very right - your son and you are definitely twins of some sort. You know, there is very little I regret in my life, but one thing I do wish for from time to time, is that I had documented my dad's story before he died. His life outside his family was well covered, and we knew lots about his life, but there is still stuff I would have liked to ask him. Mostly how he felt in certain situations. At least your grandad has started the process.
What everyone said - about the lovely writing, the sublime evocation of Auckland...
Thanks. Another reason to fall in love with Auckland... bubbles over Blockhouse Bay....
I'm willing to sign an affidavit to the effect that Bob is not the result of a cloning experiment on my part.
Well duh! It's not as thought you are a molecular biologist. Notice folks he didn't say Bob wasn't the result of amazing science, just that David didn't do the benchwork himself!
Seriously, as always a wonderful piece of writing and you are so lucky to have a parent even willing to relate let alone write those stories.
My parents grew up through WWII, my mother in Indonesia where she spent her teenage years in a Japanese internment camp and my father had just joined the dutch army when the Germans invaded. For both of them the experiences of those years are so heavily loaded with horror that I barely know any of what happened. My father died a few years ago leaving my brother and I with only a few conversations that allow us to guess at how much dad did as part of the dutch resistance. My mother is still alive but she also finds it hard to relive those experiences and I hope she will commit some of her memories to the computer.
I guess it's a sign of the age some of us are getting to that these memories of our parents are becoming important to us. As if connecting deeper to our past can make us understand and accept our future easier.
thought ---> though
Must. Get. Edit. Button. Soon.
Actually, would donate real money to get and edit button.