Aug 11, 2008

all the arturos

Drawing a list of all her brothers being of course Lúcia's idea, we had to begin with the benjamin, arturo d. fleming, born 1977. To any of them, ever, no matter how much they coaxed her, their mother was to reveal what the middle letters of their names stood for, but it was obvious to everybody that not only did SHE know, but that it was momentous. There was a meaning to each small letter, a sense far more important then just a plain initial to a plain name. An oracle maybe, something worth hiding. So the boys took turns guessing, inventing nicknames petnames, sweetnames, according to scars or fashions, haircuts or illnesses. In this Arturo's case, for the longest time, it was easy: D. was for De baby.

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