In anticipation of the book’s release in 2014, I am going to offer a series of excerpts on this blog. I hope these selections wet your whistle; may you be like my son, Sam, who knows the word, “more”!
From Chapter 1
When we were married, Ginny and I decided to hyphenate
our last names. We wanted to start our new life together
with the symbolic understanding that both families of
origin are important. A hyphen creates one word from two
separate ones, meaning that something new is actually the
result of maintaining a direct reference to both traditions.
As people learned of this decision, the most common question
involved our children: Would they also have a hyphenated
last name? Yes! We wanted to pass along this value of
equal preservation, while starting something new with our
nuclear family—the Taylor-Troutmans. Once the last name
was decided, we were left the not-so-simple decision about
the rest of our child’s name . . .
We wanted a name for our newborn
that reflected our joy about this unique and wondrous gift,
yet also reminded us of our family history. In seeking the
perfect balance, there were several good options but none
that seemed quite right. That is, until I suggested Samuel
Greene Taylor-Troutman. I’ll never forget Ginny’s face, as
she lit up and whispered reverently, “That’s perfect.”
Copyright Andrew Taylor-Troutman, 2014; Wipf & Stock Publishers