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We finally got her surname correct on that pesky birth certificate.

EverpaxSee, at the hospital they only permitted the mother’s name, the father’s name, or a hyphenation of the two. Dangerblond told me that’s the law. So we knew we’d have to go through a legal procedure. It sure has taken a while to get to this point, but she’s got her whole life ahead of her, so it’s worth it.

People either love this name immediately, or they don’t quite get it and look at us like we’re crazy. Which we may well be.

Of course, there will probably be some future hassles down the road since all three of us have different last names. I’ve actually contemplated changing my last name to match hers, but Xy won’t hear of it. Plus, it’s kind of expensive with the lawyers and all.

We hope to have a naming ceremony soon. Nothing fancy, just a few words and a toast. I’ll record it so our distant family can enjoy it too. Does anyone have a bell we could use?

I’d been thinking it would have been nice to celebrate on the autumnal equinox, but I was waiting for that certificate, and it just didn’t arrive in time. Then I thought we could do it this weekend, but I notice the grass is kind of long down on the bayou, which is where we want to have it. I think the city will probably cut the grass soon. We’ve waited this long, what’s a little while longer?

Plus, the pomegranate harvest should be coming in soon.

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  1. I like it. She sounds like a superhero.

    Our hospital rather angrily informed my wife that her REAL last name was not the name she grew up with but in fact MY last name, since we were married and she was NOT ALLOWED to go around with her old name any more or or or something BAD would happen.

  2. Reminds me of Evernote, but maybe I spend too much time screwing around on a Mac. I like it though, especially because when she signs up for login names, hers will always be unique. (Or at least that’s what my oddball name affords me.)

    I feel your pain on the non-matching last name thing. We get a lot of Mrs. Konraths or Mr. Millers. I also have to go through a 15-minute drill every time I go to the Subaru dealer to get the oil changed, because they think I’m trying to rip them off.

  3. Funny – pomegranates are one of the two major fruits eaten traditionally at Rosh Hashanah – apples, because they are round, signifying the circular nature of the passing of an entire year, and pomegranates, because it is said they contain 613 seeds each, equalling the 613 commandmanets mentioned in the Torah.

    L’shanah tovah to your darling Persephone Everpax!

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