Thursday, June 05, 2008


Yes, it’s that time – the eve of the eve of the eve of the birth of BBC.

We are on the cusp of welcoming the newest Barron into the world. P.Pie and her mother, The General (aka Nana), are busy with sticks and twigs nesting the house up.

As they scurry about – sorting clothes, putting things away, buying new stuff, etc. – I thought I’d take a moment to share and interesting happenstance.

Neither my mother nor my father have taken a shine to the name Atticus. I imagine it’s because A). they haven’t met him yet (I think he’ll definitely wear the moniker well) and B). it’s not a run of the mill name… like, oh, I don’t know…Robert.

Anyway, all the nay-saying about the name had, for the briefest of moments, given me pause. Then I received a sign. No not a clouds-parting-hand-of-God-anointing kind of sign. Rather, a radio signal.

I was listening to a morning radio show on Sirius and out of the blue, the host started talking about the Atticus Finch character in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Now, if I was listening to the NYTimes' Book Review podcast, I might not have been too surprised. But this particular talk show host NEVER talks about literature.

So what does it mean, really? Probably nothing.

You can take it as a sign, or kismet, or happenstance, or coincidence, or whatever. But in my mind, it reaffirmed the name.

In for a penny, in for a pound as they say.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

But..will the child like the name Atticus; or will he be teased at school because of this name? I think that is what the grandparents are thinking of...

6/06/2008 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Atticus rocks as a kids name.

Go with your gut!


6/06/2008 8:10 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Happened to read your post today and also came across this a few mins later...

He would be like a celebrity baby...

I like the name. Good choice.

6/06/2008 11:46 AM  
Blogger Rob Barron said...

First Anonymous - I suspect that you may be a grandparent, lurking as a plain ol' reader. Sneaky, sneaky

Jennifer - wow. I am not a fan of the Afflecks. We may have to change the plan... we'll see.

6/06/2008 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny...heard the commentary on Stern as well...
Deb in TX

6/06/2008 8:04 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Can't wait to see the post that Atticus is here...and that both mom & baby are doing well. Your family is in our prayers.

6/07/2008 10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great name. I read a fabulous article years back that suggested that parents first name their children, then raise their children to suit the name. I would choose to raise a lawyer over a WWF wrestler any day.

All the best,

6/08/2008 4:54 PM  
Blogger Kila said...

Sounds like it was meant to be!

6/09/2008 10:21 PM  

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