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December 27, 2008

Meanwhile in Peru…
Posted by Abi Sutherland at 08:03 AM * 22 comments

A woman named Virgen Maria, married to a carpenter, gives birth to a baby boy on December 25. She names him Jesus Emmanual, as indeed who wouldn’t?

Killer quote:

She told local television that her grandfather, a devotee of the Virgin Mary, had chosen her own unusual name, with which, until now, she had not felt comfortable. “In school they made fun of my name,” she said.

They laughed, oh they laughed. But who’s laughing now?*

* Well, yeah, probably everyone, but in a good way this time.

Comments on Meanwhile in Peru...:
#1 ::: Sajia Kabir ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 08:53 AM:

That so warms the cockles of this ecumenical Muslim's heart. JesusAllahBuddha bless!

#2 ::: Melissa Mead ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 09:48 AM:

That's so sweet!

#3 ::: Joel Polowin ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 10:31 AM:

Nice. (But who's the father?)

#4 ::: Spherical Time ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 10:35 AM:

I don't know if I'm laughing. That kid is going to have some seriously high expectations that he's going to have to overcome in his life.

Here's hoping that the walking on water bit goes okay.

#5 ::: beth meacham ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 11:20 AM:

Poor child. Fortunately, Jesus is not an unusual name.

#6 ::: Nicholas Tam ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 11:23 AM:

Oh, come now. This is a prosperous family winery in the making.

#7 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 11:36 AM:

..and if three Wise Guys show up on January 6th, then we'll know something's up.

#8 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 12:12 PM:

Nice. (But who's the father?)

Joseph said the exact same thing in The Cherry Tree Carol.

(It also reminds me of the joke where the punchline is, "It worked, Fatima! They thought we were Puerto Ricans!")

#9 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 12:57 PM:

¡Jesús y María! ¿porqué no hay Juan Bautista?

#10 ::: Wrye ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 01:08 PM:

Good point, Ginger. On the other hand, there doesn't seem to be any reports of their local mayor ordering a census or massacre of babies, or any unusual local astronomical phenomena. There are definitely shepherds in the Lima area, however.

#12 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 02:16 PM:

Dave Trowbridge @ 11: There were so many to choose from. I could have used one of these Wise Guys too.

#13 ::: Matthew Daly ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 07:13 PM:

Fortunately, there was room at the National Perinatal Institute.

Somebody should ask her if she's a virgin, if it's not a personal question.

#14 ::: pericat ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 07:23 PM:

When would that not be a personal question?

(I suspect her schoolmates did that one to death back when, anyway.)

#15 ::: mjfgates ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2008, 08:37 PM:

She really should have named the kid Josue, but who cares about historical accuracy?

#16 ::: Chris Quinones ::: (view all by) ::: December 28, 2008, 12:07 AM:

Jim, 8: I, Newyorican that I am, don't know that one, and Googling dug up nothing.

#17 ::: Ken Houghton ::: (view all by) ::: December 28, 2008, 12:03 PM:

Doesn't this fall into the grand tradition of Susan Calvin having been born on Susan Calvin's birthday, which failed to impress Asimov.

Otoh, that she went into labour five days early did produce an interesting version of "Render unto Caesar..."

#18 ::: Therese Littleton ::: (view all by) ::: December 28, 2008, 12:27 PM:

My mom and dad are named Mary and Joseph, and throughout my childhood I kept trying to get the divine respect I deserved on the playground. I hope little Jesus has better luck.

#19 ::: Scott Janssens ::: (view all by) ::: December 28, 2008, 03:42 PM:

#15, Jesus wasn't born in December either so historical accuracy is already out the window.

#20 ::: Mike ::: (view all by) ::: January 01, 2009, 08:29 PM:

Who was the comic who speculated about being Jesus' brother? He'd go to parties as a teenager and hear, "When your brother comes, we always have wine!" And of course, "Why can't you be more like your brother?" (as alluded to by #4 above).

#21 ::: Joel Polowin ::: (view all by) ::: January 01, 2009, 10:35 PM:

Well, there's the Arrogant Worms' "Jesus' Brother Bob".

#22 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: January 01, 2009, 10:45 PM:

There's the graffiti set I read about:
Jesus is the answer!
What was the question?
Who was Felipe's and Matty's brother?

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