Why My Baby's Middle Name is Emerson

Although it took us forever and a day to choose his first name, it took us a hot second to agree upon George's middle name: Emerson. Apart from sounding both strong and sophisticated, I adore the poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson and love that my son's name is a nod to him.

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A beautiful spirit, it's so apparent from Emerson's essays and the way he conducted his life that he was a damn sage dude. He was liberal, kind, forward-thinking. He was an activist against racial inequality and enslavement and a supporter of libraries. I'd go so far as to say... I reckon he was the Oprah of his time!

His words of wisdom and actions are great life lessons for George to observe, and I'll certainly be introducing him to his writing as soon as he's ready (okay, okay, that's gonna be a while yet...)

Here are my favourite Emerson quotes.

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