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  • When Matthew was five years old, his favourite artist was Jason Derulo. He said, "When I grow up, I am going to change my name to Jason!"

    This saddened me. I know many who have changed their names. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to name a baby? Parents consider all sorts and they suggest and they argue and they always know of someone with that name who has a bad trait and no, that name isn't happening.

    So, at bedtime, instead of reading Matthew a story, I decided to tell him the story of his name..............

    In September of 1966, my brother was born. He was the first child to my parents after the doctors strongly recommended against them having any children, for my mother's sickle cell disease was killing her anyway; there need not be a catalyst.

    Matthew lived for three days and when he died, my mother said she could not remember the rest of the sixties. Life did not seem to exist for them after that. How ironic that "Matthew" in Hebrew, means "Gift from God".

    37 years later, my youngest was born. I already have two children but this was my first child with my husband; my new relationship, our new life.

    We could not decide on a name. No surprise there.

    Then I suggested that we name him Matthew as he was our first son together and by doing so, I would be giving my parents back their first son.

    There were no further discussions after that. It was a mutual understanding and we knew we found the perfect name.

    I called my parents and asked their permission to name our baby, Matthew, and they were delighted!

    "So you see. By naming you Matthew, I was able to give Grandpa and Abuela back their son. Their gift from God."

    The tears streamed down his little face and I had to tell the story over and over and over; every bedtime.

    He in turn plays me the piano.
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