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Dylan Thomas Vreeland

22 Sep

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We welcomed our new addition just over a week ago. Dylan was born at 12:01 pm, Saturday, September 12. He was 8 lbs. 8 oz. at birth and was 21 inches long. We are thrilled to report that he is healthy and happy (well he is happy when his belly if full and his bottom is dry). We thank God for blessing us with a healthy baby boy.

A number of people have asked about his name, so here is the story.

Last summer Jenni and her mom were visiting Jenni’s sister in London. While touring Westminster Abbey, Jenni went by the Poets’ Corner and saw the memorial to the Welch poet, Dylan Thomas. (Here is a picture of the memorial.) She thought to herself, “Hmm, that would make a good name for a boy, if I have another baby boy.” We had always talked about the name Thomas, if we were to have another boy, but we didn’t like it as a first name, because we did not want to confuse it with Thomas the Train.

When we found out Jenni was pregnant, we began talking about boy names and girl names. “Dylan Thomas” was at the top of our list for boy names. Jenni knew I would like the name. It is not only the name of a well-known poet, but the rumor is that the name “Dylan Thomas” led Robert Zimmerman to change his name to Bob Dylan, although the blessed brother Bob isn’t so clear on where he came up with “Dylan.”

She was right. I loved the name.

And so from the moment we learned we were having another son, his name has been Dylan.

Here is some poetry from Dylan Thomas, the poet:

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Here is some poetry from the other Dylan. This is a prayer/blessing for my Dylan:

Forever Young
by Bob Dylan

May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous,
May you grow up to be true,
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you.
May you always be courageous,
Stand upright and be strong,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy,
May your feet always be swift,
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift.
May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

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Posted by on September 22, 2009 in Family

 

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2 responses to “Dylan Thomas Vreeland

  1. Peri Z

    September 26, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Congratulations! I’m sure he is an incredible blessing already.

    FYI–Bob Dylan does give a rather lengthy explanation as to how he came up with the name….just read it last week in Chronicles.

     
    • derekvreeland

      September 26, 2009 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks Peri.

      He really is a good baby. Sleeping and eating and making dirty diapers with little crying in between. And most importantly he is healthy. We thank God for that. Chronicles is on the list of books to be read. I will get to it sometime. I am still working through The Brother’s Karamazov. I took a break to read some other things recently, but I will get it read.

       

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