Please welcome 林中千川, “Forest of a Thousand Streams.” His English name is Oceanus — “All the rivers go down to the sea…” (Ecclesiastes).
Oceanus joined us in LiuZhou of Guangxi Province in China on 2012 Nov 2 as the son of Lucy and — his daddy was our student in Chongqing and carries an English name just as interesting as his son’s — Narcissus. He says this little duffer across the Pacific will be calling me Gramps (爷爷).
I asked Narcissus why he named his son with 4 characters.
- 林 Lin – Is the family name handed down from the Shang Dynasty. Oceanus is 156th in the imperial line.
- 中 Zhong – is Narcissus’ clan within the imperial line.
- 千川 Qian Chuan – In China, this is the Year of the Dragon, and 千川 relates to any respectable dragon habitat — river and sea. 林中千川 pictures dragons sailing along thousands of rivers in the forest.
Moreover, Oceanus’ birthplace, LiuZhou City, is called “Dragon City.” In Narcissus’ words, 林中千川：森林中有成千上万的川流。千川也是龙的名字。成千上万的川流在森林中流淌，就像很多龙乘着川流水在飞行。
High and dry for his first weigh-in, Oceanus tipped the scales at 2800 grams or 6.17294 lbs.
Isn’t he just the most beautiful baby!!