the pearl


Jolene was named after her momma and her daddy, combining Joseph and Arlene without remembering the Dolly Parton song that had taken over the airwaves five years before.

Linwood was named after his great-grandfather, who had worked at Black Swan Records and recorded Ethel Waters.

They didn't think of a name before Lin went to Bolivia, and, afterwards, even when Jolene knew she was going to have a son, she didn't want to think about it.

But when she held her baby for first time, with her husband holding her, she knew his name. "Linwood," she said. "Linwood Porteous Junior."

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