Namesake

We took Henry back to the pediatrician’s office today for an unscheduled visit because his eyes have been irritated, crusty and puffy. Again we were reassured that this isn’t uncommon in newborns. (First-time parents need extra reassurance.)

Henry also went to his first restaurant, Benvenuto Cafe (though he didn’t eat, of course) and later received a visit from our friend Jessica, a first-time parent herself, though her three-month-old daughter didn’t accompany her.

But on to the main subject of today’s post: Henry is named after his paternal great-grandfather, Henry Taillac, who was born in New Orleans, LA on August 19, 1914.

After a career with the municipal utility and transit provider, he spent his retirement years traveling, gardening and tinkering in his workshop. As a kid, I spent a lot of time during my summer vacations with him and his second wife, Virgie. We remained close until his death nine years ago today on September 14, 2003.

He was a patient, kind man with a clever mind and sharp sense of humor who was universally beloved by his family.

It’s my hope that our son, Henry will develop these same traits as he grows.

Henry Taillac, 1927

Henry Taillac, 1999

5 thoughts on “Namesake

  1. Mark,

    I throughly enjoyed reading about your Grandfather, it sounds like Henry is blessed to be named after such a wonderful man!

    So glad to hear that it wasn’t anything to serious! It’s better to err on the side of caution then to let something go too long and cause bigger issues on down the line.

    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Oh, Mark, my eyes widened in surprise and flooded with tears when I went to little Henry’s website for the 2nd time today. I think of Grandpa all the time but had actually forgotten today’s the 14th, the 9th anniversary of his passing. I so wish he was stll with us to know about your son, his namesake. I pray God allows Grandpa to smile down on Henry. I have been thinking lately about Grandpa’s grandfather, Henri, back in France, whom Grandpa was named for. I looked at the Taillac family history book last week and actually can rattle off names going back 8 generations from our precious Henry Clyde. Thank you so much, Jacqui & Mark for honoring Grandpa in this wonderful way of naming your son for him. And Mark thank you more than I can say for honoring him by posting these photos on this day, September 14th. My heart is so touched, more than I can ever express. Grandpa was really a wonderful dad and grandpa & great-grandpa. We all were so blessed to have him for as long as we did. I think you have inherited some of Grandpa’s good qualities and pray Henry Clyde has also. My love to you, Sweetie, and your beautiful wife Jacqui and your beautiful boy, Henry Clyde Cousin. I love thinking of and saying and writing his name ! Tears are rolling down my face as I write, as words are not enough to express my gratitude and love for all of you and my gratitude for being the daughter of Henry Taillac. Love, Mom

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