Some things in life mean a lot; other things can mean a great deal more. For this elderly gent, being able to pass on his name meant the world.
At 108, Esmond Allcock is one of the oldest men in Canada. He has a very long list of descendants—6 children, 17 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Pretty impressive.
One of his granddaughters was special to him as a toddler, as he often took her hand and taught her to walk. When she wanted to walk with him, she would put out her hands and say “walk walk.” Through the years, she was remembered by her grandfather as the “walk walk” girl.
She became pregnant with her second child and heard that her grandfather didn’t have any of his 71 descendants named after him, so “walk walk” and her husband were happy to oblige, and named their new son Esmond.
When last Spring arrived and the snow was melting, they took little Ez to visit his 107-year-old namesake. He eventually remembered “walk walk” when she introduced herself, and instantly became enamored with baby Esmond, repeating over and over: “You don’t know what this means to me. You don’t know what this means to me,” as he cuddled and kissed the 1-year-old.
Just knowing his name was to be passed on had become a thing of great joy to this elderly patriarch. He often asks about baby Esmond, and he is sure to be counting the days when the two can meet again. To “walk walk” this bonding means a lot, and she plans to visit as soon as the snow melts.
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