Sunday, December 18, 2011
The Naming of Lucien
Those of you who have followed my blog for a long time know that my mother-in- law died over a year ago. Since that time, we have felt haunted by her. It isn't a negative haunting. We just feel her sometimes. Shadows move and the children hear her calling their names. There are quiet whispers in the dark. My mother-in-law was French and she died in France. We keep her ashes on our fireplace. Some time after we decided on naming Lucien, we cleaned out some old things and found my mother-in-law's favorite movie with her favorite name in it. I had never heard of the movie before and my husband had completely forgotten about it. The movie was Lacombe Lucien. So, as I hold my little boy in my arms, I can't help but wonder if it wasn't her ghost whispering in our ear as we named our little boy. I have to wonder if she didn't find a way of making sure her last grandson would know her even if he never knew her.