Flower Boys

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We give girls flower names all the time but boys are really rarely named after botanical things- particular botanical things as frilly and fecund as flowers.  Even though when you get down to it, flowers have both lady-parts and man-parts.

Not that I’m advocating naming your young boy something like Candytuft. Don’t name a girl Candytuft either.  Or Ranunculus.

Candytuft and Ranunculus aside, I think there are profound unplumbed depths in flower names. Especially for boys and especially in English, because I don’t know about where you are, but America is very annoyingly anti-feminine.
Flower names can be both sensitive and strong, so in the interest of equal opportunity naming, here are some of my favorites that I think would suit little boys (and eventually men and granddads) to a tee. Continue reading “Flower Boys”

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Pre-K Paperbacks

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I was thinking recently about the various books that I read were read to me in preschool.  I remember in particular there being a young man (I think his name was Chris) who would read to us on the universal (or is this only an American thing?) big rug.  I think I had a crush on him, or whatever the three or four year old equivalent to that is.  There was some wide-eyed admiration, anyway.
Or maybe I only liked him for the stories, toddlers are little mercenaries that way. Continue reading “Pre-K Paperbacks”