Naming a Child

MOTHER voiced out her disapproval when I told her that Sarah and I had adopted a baby girl.

“The adoption is legal,” I said.

“You’ll see, son. Are you not watching the soap operas? The real parents always want their child back. It doesn’t matter if their abandoned or adopted. Time will come when the child will ask you the truth.”

My wife entered the living room with the baby in her arms. My mother and I took a peek only to catch the child smiling angelically.

“What’s her name?” my mother asked.

“We named her after you,” I said.

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Billy Antonio

Billy Antonio

Billy T. Antonio is at present a teacher in the Philippines. His short story, The Kite, has been broadcast on 4EB-FM, 98.1, Brisbane, Australia. Some of his fiction and poetry have been published in the fiction anthology Only Men Please, World Haiku Association Haiga Contest, Mainichi Daily News, Rose Red Review, Tincture Journal, Red River Review, Penwood Review, Akitsu Quarterly, Three Line Poetry, Hedgerow: a journal of small poems, Poetry Quarterly, Asahi Shimbun, Sharpening the Green Pencil, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Wild Guide 2011, Anak Sastra, Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphic, Ani, Liwayway, Sirmata, Tinig and The Literary Apprentice. He lives in Casantiagoan, Laoac, Pangasinan, Philippines with his wife Rowena and his daughters Felicity and Asiel Sophie.
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