More or less.
He's Samwise, for good or bad. No doubt much of the Internet is pleased and a few of you are horrified. This is my favorite text on the subject: "When he is twenty, what will happen when he's trying to pick up on a girl and she finds out he is named after a hobbit?"
To the sender I point out: Sam is the only one of those hobbits who snatched himself a lady.
Just in case, though, I am starting a money jar to change his name when he's older if he really wants it.
I spent so much of my life trying to be "important." I wanted praise and recognition and I wanted to be brilliant and better than everyone.
And yet my literary hero was totally humble and even a little dumb, but he did what his upper-class, literate, smart and informed buddy couldn't do.
I want Sam to understand that you don't have to be brilliant, you just have to be brave and stouthearted.
IN OTHER AWESOME NEWS: This weekend was much better than it had any right to be, considering we were out of the house, stuck in Bothell, while the landlady is having the lead paint removed. I got to go to a Clarion party with the awesome criada . I would like to reiterate to everyone there that I Am Not A Cool Guy. I got a new contract position at work helping to design the curriculum for some online courses, which is really cool.
ANNNNND.... I got into Viable Paradise for this year along with aforementioned criada and plunderpuss . Represent, Bellingham! W00t!