The Precursors (of my mother’s Mental Illness)
My father’s oldest brother was named M.B. Lambert but we knew him as ‘Wowie’ growing up. I thought this was because I couldn’t pronounce his name, but actually, it turns out that it was because my father couldn’t pronounce his name as a toddler and ‘Wowie’ stuck into adulthood.
Wowie was a volcanologist with the Canadian Geographical Survey. He wrote a book simply called ‘Volcanoes’ that had a pride of place in our house.
I don’t know if my dad still has a copy, but I do as I discovered one at a garage sale years later, much to my surprised delight.