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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Thing To Do Today: coo.

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son."

How about that. A new baby.

A NEW BABY!

Ahhhhhh...

I'm cooing already.

Yes, I admit the world isn't exactly short of new babies, but how can anyone fail to be thrilled and enchanted by the arrival of a completely new human?


I agree that the new prince is probably a bit squashed, and a bit red, and a bit outraged at the extraordinary thing that's just been forced upon him without so much as a by-your-leave (breathe? I have to breath?? Like, all the time, forever, non-stop???) but I'm sure he's still gorgeous, if possibly in a slightly alien kind of way.

Just gorgeous...

What?

Oh, all right. I suppose there may be people out there who aren't melted to mush by tiny new babies. If there are, then they can always do a bit of billing and cooing with their sweethearts - if such hard-hearted folk have sweethearts.

Or, I suppose, one of these grim people can use of the old British expression of surprise coo! I'm fairly sure that if these kill-joys research how much the Duchess's hospital stay will cost her they'll probably find themselves saying it quite naturally.

Meanwhile the rest of us will be carrying on like love-struck doves.

A baby! A brand new baby, with tiny fingers and scanty hair and a slightly drunken expression...

How could anyone not be utterly and completely charmed?

Thing To Do Today: coo. This word comes from the pigeon, possibly the Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur. Then we humans borrowed it.





5 comments:

  1. My daughter looked like an alien when she was born - a squashed, bemused, purple alien. But I still loved her instantly.

    Any guesses on the new prince's name? My money's on Gary. No, wait ... Gavin. No, it's Gary. Definitely Gary.

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    1. As the baby seems to have been rather late, perhaps Ethelred.

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    2. I think there's a law somewhere that states that if we ever have a King Ethelred, we have to immediately revert to feudalism.

      Might be nice, for a change.

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  2. sdfhdsghisdp (that was me cooing in the universal language of fangirls, usually but not exclusively applied to much older men than this baby). However, while I approve wholeheartedly of the Duchess's decision to call her son after a member of One Direction, I would never give my baby boy the initials GAL.

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    1. Ah. You do seem to have spotted a slight flaw, there. Poor George Alexander Louis.

      Ah well. Ten to one he'll end up being called something completely diifferent, anyway. Like Grape, or Bean.

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