By Fr. Bud Grant
People with unusual names, professions, or attributes become accustomed to hearing the same joke endlessly duplicated by individuals who feel quite clever for having uttered it. One of my students, by the name of Luke (think of the famous Star Wars hero) has resigned himself to this: “a lot of people tell me they are my father.” So have former soccer players of mine bearing last names like “Whisker,” “Looney” and “Blunt.” Every year in June Catholic priests just smile and nod as parishioners wish them a “happy Father’s Day.” Tall people are teased with NBA references. I get it, too, from people who know of my environmental studies. Every snowstorm or sub-zero week elicits a “so much for climate change, huh?”
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