Monday, 16 January 2012
MINOR SPOILER ALERT! If you have not seen "Bones" season six, proceed with caution.
In the episode "The Killer in the Crosshairs" (season 6, episode 15) of the TV show, "Bones", Angela's father (ZZ Top's own Billy Gibson) suddenly appears in light of Angela and Hodgens expecting a baby, saying that a name for his future grandchild suddenly came to him somewhere "between A-7th heaven and A-minor genius" (the dude is a guitarist, after all). If you're at all familiar with Angela's dad, he's the sort of Texan you don't mess with (earlier in the series, Angela and Hodgens broke up, and the next thing Hodgens knows is that he's waking up in the middle of the desert with a tattoo of Angela on his arm).
Mr Z-Top is actually a really cool guy, and warmly accepts Hodgens as his son after the wedding (though not before sending Hodgens on a mad chase to reclaim his father-in-law's stolen car from a local biker gang bar), but Hodgens is still very frightened of his father-in-law. Which is why Hodgens has serious apprehensions about confronting him about his insistence on naming his grandbaby instead of leaving that tradition to the parents. At this writing, I haven't finished watching the rest of the episode, so I don't know how things turn out just yet.
This got me to thinking, though.
Just imagine you are an expectant parent, and someone insists that you name your child a particular name, and/or criticizes your choice for your yet-to-be-born baby.
What would you do? If you were (or are) pregnant - fathers, you can chime in, too; this is your child, as well, after all - how would such input from others make you feel?
And most importantly, what would you name your child?