As a grandmother of seven, I’d be disingenuous to not admit to desiring one of my grands or future great grands carry my name. It has not happened, yet, but there is still hope!
While naming a child is a personal parental privilege, the act of bestowing a family name is an act of honor to the original nameholder.
The news story I selected for my February We Are The World Blogfest contribution embodies love, compassion, honor and family legacy. So let’s get to it.
Esmond Allcock, an 108 year old Canadian octogenarian has 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Wow!
But to his dismay, none of them were named for him.
That finally changed last year when his great-granddaughter Jenna Lehne decided to name her second son Esmond, prompting a tender moment when Allcock met his namesake for the first time.
“As he held my son, he kissed his head and said over and over again, ‘You don’t know what this means to me. You don’t know what this means to me,'” Lehne wrote in a post published last week on Love What Matters, a site that celebrates real life love and compassion.
It’s not clear why it took so long — 78 years — for Allcock to get a namesake. You can read the entire article on CNN news.
I’m so happy for him and pleased that Jenna Lehne (and hubby, of course) loved her dear great grandpa so well. Kudos, Jenna!