200 Words About Change
"Why do you call him 'Son #Only?'" asks Brenda, my office pal.
Peering over my shoulder at the computer monitor, she's spotted
the list of 'Memorable Entries' at the bottom of yesterday's
I explain that in the earliest days
of *FootNotes* -- eight years ago next month -- I used pseudonyms
for the Tots:
"Daughter#2," "Son #Only."
"He was the only 'son' in the bunch," I shrug.
These days, of course, the entire universe -- or at
least the microfraction of it that reads *FootNotes* --
knows The Tots by their real names. (They also know that
is terrified of clowns ... that Kacie won a Second
Place ribbon in the Bow Lake Science Fair
... that Kyle and I used to stand on the back porch
and shoot one-handed hoops.) The Tot pseudonyms are long
gone, along with other artifacts from the early days of *FootNotes*:
The Week" ... "Amazingly
Profound Thought of the Day" ... The Happy Voodoo
Panda Toaster Awards.
The website, like The Tots, continues to grow and change.
I still use the occasional pseudonym, though ... especially when
I'm writing about someone with whom I do not
share DNA and/or a toothbrush holder.
Just ask "Brenda."
Jaymi (24) with
the Birthday Boy (20)
May 4, 2006
Kacie (23) and
May 4, 2006
to throw a rock?