Thursday, June 16, 2011

Moments that Mean Something

The ManChild called me today. He has legally changed his name. It was a decision long in the making. If the story wasn't so part of our lives, the ManChild and me, it would make me cry. But instead, I just feel a warm sense of rightness.

To understand, first you should read this.

He has taken his mother's name, to honor her. To have a bit more than photographs and other people's memories to give to his children.

I am happy beyond words.


Anonymous said...

Wow!!!!! My son-in -laws father was murdered when he was 2.......his mom remarried and kept it a secret from him.
When he was 12 he found a newspaper article about his dad and how he died.....he still lives in fear that these men
May want to harm him or his children.....his mom died
from cancer when he was a senior in college.......thanks for sharing your and your sons story. Pam, South Bend

JanetLee said...

Pam - that's awful. We told the ManChild in age appropriate terms (and details) from the beginning. I think he was close to sixteen when he was given the newspaper articles to read. The goal was that while a hard thing to deal with, it was never a huge shock.

Sharon said...

Argh, family secrets are really bad. Janet, good for you, for raising such a fine man. That is a gift for both of you and for the rest of us, too.

Any chance for changing SC's stupid parole arrangements?