In my very first post on this blog, I wrote about the origins of the name. I see the past as a sort of palimpsest—something that still shines through in places, but which has been “written over” time and time again by subsequent generations.
But I also noted a personal reason for the name:
As we “build” our lives bit by bit, each layer building upon the one that preceded it, we are all “palimpsestuous,” and for me, this promises to be a year of great change. I won’t go into the many reasons in this post, but as I look ahead, I have reason to believe that 2019 will mark a new layer for me. I look ahead with much excitement—and, if I’m being honest, some trepidation.
In the next few months, my wife is due to give birth to my first child—a daughter—who will be named in honor of our beloved grandmothers (who shared the same first name). As excited as I am to meet her, I’m also expecting this to “rewrite” our lives in many ways. Although traces of my current life will continue to shine through, just as they do in the palimpsest of the header image, having a child will undoubtedly add a new layer.
I wonder the extent to which I’ll come to think of life before her as B.B. (“Before Baby”) and after her as A.B. (“After Baby”).