As many of you know, much of this blog consists of lessons God has been teaching me through everyday life. Since I do not work outside the home, my family has come to expect that they may at any time appear in a blog post. (Though I have been given a blanket consent, I do obtain specific permission for posts such as this.) Not even my grandsons are exempt, but in an attempt to avoid scarring them for life - if it's not already too late - I decided early on that they should each have an alias. Rather than invent something (since I'm not that creative), I decided to wait until they both had a nickname. So without further ado, I'd like to introduce to you, "Dude" and "Bubba".
Cuter than the dickens, aren't they?
I didn't have to wait long at all for grandchildren; "Dude" was born a month before his parent's first anniversary and "Bubba" was born ON his parent's second anniversary. We just celebrated their birthdays with these cute "fishy" cakes;
"Dude" is now two and "Bubba" is one.
Since the last shall be first I will begin with "Bubba," a name that has been used around in my family since my children were little, back in the days of the oil-change commercials where a man is told he can also get a free fill-up on his washer fluid and replies, "You mean I can just say, "Hi ho bubba, my windshield washer solvent is a might low."?" We've been tossing around the name "Bubba" ever since.
At thirteen months younger and only five pounds lighter than his older brother, the name "Bubba" just stuck on grandson #2. He's a good ol' boy, big and sweet, easy-going and always smiling. He just looks like a "Bubba" to me.
"Dude's" name is also a blast from the past, going all the way back to when his mama was in the second grade.
I must insert here that as a child, my father had stories about each of his daughters that he never let us live down. Evidently we are continuing the tradition because now our children all have memories permanently attached to them. The story behind my grandson's nickname is the one my daughter will be hearing for the rest of her life :)
We had just starting attending a new church and one Wednesday night my eight-year-old daughter came home very excited saying, "I know what I'm going to name one of my kids! It's from the Bible!"
Curious, I asked her what the name was and she gleefully replied...
can you guess?
wait for it...
wait for it...
and my six-year-old son, who has always had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor, immediately responded, "Yeah, and we can call him "Dude!"
So it only makes sense that grandson #1 is affectionately known as "Dude." The funny thing is, "Dude" has always had a good grasp of the English language, and shortly after his little brother's arrival he began saying his three syllable name as clear as a bell. Yet he refused to say his own, simpler given name. When asked, "who did that?" or "what's your name?" he would simply point to himself...
...or answer "Dude." Gotta love that!
I have to wonder if he should've been named Deuteronomy after all. Maybe his mama was prophetic and that's his God-given name?
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it." ~ Revelation 2:17
Father, I thank you for these two precious boys, and for allowing me to be a part of their lives. Thank you for the privilege of caring for them and for all the lessons to be learned from them. And thank you that you love us so much that you have a special name for each of us, chosen by you.
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