For Morty Sunshine's first birthday he got a little sister! Marylou [pronounced mar-YUH LOE] Hope Stanfield nee Kruckman was born on May 15th, almost exactly one year after her brother. He was born around four in the afternoon, she was born around five. Not only do these two share a birthday, but their mama, Gjynni, decided to have both of them when we were gone.
Marylou has a last name of Stanfield because we had left that morning for the district track meet which was held in Stanfield. We were gone all day and didn't get back until seven pm. Our neighbor told us that Gr, Rae's livestock guardian dog, started barking around five, heralding Marylou's arrival into our world.
Marylou is named after the donkey in the movie Holes. As the story goes, Marylou was over one hundred years old, and really liked onions. We're hoping Marylou the calf doesn't eat too many onions when she comes in to milk. We pronounce Marylou as mar-YUh LOE because in the movie Stanley Yelnats is teaching Hector “Zero” Zaroni to read and at one point in the movie Zero and Stanley take cover under a boat named Marylou. But because Zero is just learning to read, he pronounces it with all the letter sounds.
It's one of our top favorite movies and we had a hard time choosing between Marylou, Kissin' Kate Barlow, or Anabel Lee. If she had been a boy we would have named her Theodore or 'Arm pit'.
She's named Hope 'cause this kind of hope is as vulnerable and as vital as our little calf.