I expect all grannies, nannies, grandmothers, grand-meres and abuelas know this, but the emotion I feel seeing my daughter being a mum with a little baby in her arms is so intense it is almost indescribable.
At a basic level it’s what we, as a species, are here for, but on a personal level the connection feels so strong it makes me want to cry, laugh and shout all at the same time. My older brother described it better; when I phoned England, he said I sounded like a bottle of champagne that had just been uncorked.
The baby’s name is Alba, which means dawn or daybreak in Spanish. My daughter says it also has the meaning, ‘Last Watch of the Night.’ Now that’s a good name to have. I wish I had used it in my fantasy novel, ‘The Whirlstone.’
It may have been Ursula K Le Guin, I’m not sure, who wrote that she couldn’t proceed with a character in her books unless they had the right name. The correct naming of people and places is fundamental in my writing. In ‘The Whirlstone,’ the Casca-Dan tribe name their children in relation to events surrounding their birth. Hence, Thundercloud, Howling Dog and Slippery Trout.
I’m still sending this book out to literary agents, but you can click this link to read the first three chapters.
Alba arrived during the sunrise. She is half English, a quarter Spanish and a quarter French with a mixture of Irish, Scottish and Yorkshire on the English side and relatives in Mexico, Chile and North America.
Alba is the old name for Scotland and an Andalucian Spanish name. So Welcome, Bienvenida Alba.
May you bask in the sunlight of the Spanish daybreak, born in the springtime of the year. And may you be guarded through all the watches of the night.