Q: Explain where your children's names came from?
A: First there's this:
Okay so maybe that didn't answer your question entirely but I have written before about Fable's name - why we decided on Fable (Luella is her middle name, after my late grandpa, Lou) - as well as a list of names as front-runners.
The name, Fable is uniquely her own. Or at least, ish. That was important to us. It's also a noun, like Archer. Literary (also, like Archer. See below passage) and strong in character. A "Fable" is a story with a moral. And so is she.
Fable is also the root of fabulous.
And so is she.
As for Archer (his middle name is Sage), he was named after the section On Children in Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet.
The Prophet is my spiritual advisor. Always has been since my mother first gave me the book as a child. I have looked to it for wisdom, guidance and inspiration and have purchased dozens of copies for friends in need, and on special occasions. (Its passage on marriage is so wonderful. So confident in its truth.)
But my favorite part of the book has always been the section, On Children. Perhaps because the book was a gift from my mother? Reading its words (especially as a teenager) was like realizing my own freedom and strength of self. Something I wanted for my unborn son:
Your children are not your children.They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.They come through you but not from you,And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.You may give them your love but not your thoughts,For they have their own thoughts.You may house their bodies but not their souls,For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.You may strive to be like them,but seek not to make them like you.For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.You are the bows from which your childrenas living arrows are sent forth.The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,and he bends you with his mightthat his arrows may go swift and far.Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;For even as he loves the arrow that flies,so he loves also the bow that is stable.
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