This blog is 12 years old, and all of that time I have been calling my two daughters The Heir and The Spare. It's what the British press called Prince William and Prince Harry.
Seemed so funny all these years.
But we live in a different time now. I've seen young lives cut short (Trayvon Martin, just one example), and the climate in this country is the worst since 1969. It has always been tempting fate to act as if either of my children was expendable.
How would I feel, using those terms, if one of them came to grief?
THEREFORE, be it resolved, that the names Heir and Spare are hereby retired.
Heir will now be Gumby (because she values her privacy).
Spare will now be Olivia, which is her beautiful real name. If she wants me to add her surname I will, but I must consult her first.
I stayed home from paint crew today, because it's my 33rd wedding anniversary. I'm nothing if not tenacious.
Postscript: The cats will continue to be called Beta and Gamma. They have names too, but they value their privacy.