Now onto something new. My husband, Jarred, has wanted to do a guest post for a while now. We both thought it was great timing for him to post about his grandfather named Harold (called Paw). My only disclaimer about his post is that I was not allowed to change anything... not even spelling. (That is painful for me.) In short, the rest of this post is all Jarred and none of me. I was thinking about inserting a statement something like; "The views in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the blog owner..." However, I think he did a great job. I hope you enjoy Jarred's post:
Guest Post by Jarred
My Paw was a great man. Worked hard, loved his family, and had a great name among the community. He also just simply had a great name. Did you know Shannon and I actually both had grandparents named Betty and Harold? NO, for those of you reading this that know I am from Kentucky, we ARE NOT cousins! (Kyle has man boobs.)
Now back to my point. There has never been anything that Shannon and I have argued about more than names for our children. Harold was a sort of natural choice for us. We both wanted to honor those men by naming our son after them. However, Shannon says that Harold is an old name and cannot be used for a baby. I say that is junk. And this is the point that I cannot seem to get across to her. He will be old longer than he will be young.
Think about it. He will be a baby for about 2 years, then on to toddler for a couple more. Then he will be a boy for another six. By the time he is ten, he will have moved into owning his name and it won’t reflect back to us every single time someone uses it. By then he will have heard who he is named after and be proud of his heritage. He will defend the name himself if he so chooses. From the time he is ten until he is ninety, the name will seem totally normal to all people. So what that Shannon and I have to defend the name for the first ten years of his life. I don’t care what any of you think about it anyway.
With all that said, I have consistently argued that Levi’s first name should be Harold. But because I love my wife we have decided to go with Levi.
Thank you to all who read this on a regular basis. I am always surprised when I find out someone is reading it. We really do appreciate your prayers and encouragements.