Thursday, June 28, 2012

Froggy Went a'Courtin'

At a very young age, my dad told me that if I had been a boy, he would have named me Aloysius   Throckmorton.  (I was never sure how to spell the name, but it’s pronounced “Ala-wishus.”)  My four older brothers and sisters thought he was saying Aloysius Frogwarts, and he thought that was so funny he called me “Aloysius Frogwarts” for a while, before finally settling on Frog.   By the time I was a teenager, “Frog” was the only name he called me, and at least one of his friends called me that, too.    When I was 16, my dad took my friend and me car hunting, and while at a car sale, my friend whispered to me, “Why does your dad keep calling you Frog?”   I hadn’t noticed anything out of the ordinary.

I’m not sure when he stopped calling me Frog, but it was some time ago.   I never thought I would say it, but looking at my dear dad now, I long for the days when he had more youth; those days when he called me Frog and sang to me, “Froggy Went a’courtin’ and Froggy Did Ride, uh-huh.”


  1. It IS hard too watch a beloved parent age. This post brought tears to my eyes as I thought of my own father.

    He was just starting to show signs that he was aging at 78 years old. I would catch a glimpse of an elderly, less vigorous man every now and then, and it would squeeze my heart just as reading this post did.

    I didn't witness the full decline of aging, tho. He came home from work (Yes, at 78, he was zoning officer for our township)one day, had dinner, settled in to watch a game on TV--and had a massive heart attack. He died instantly.

    The suddenness was best for him, not so much for me. It's been 10 years and I am weeping as I remember. Good parents always have a spot in your heart.


  2. Awe - I know what you mean - I've lost both mine. I wish for one day back. sandie

  3. awww...almost brings a tear to my eye...haven't thought of you as froggy in a very long time. :)

  4. That was sweet!! Thinking of my own father who passed away 30 years ago. I too wish for just one day back.
    Thanks Margaret!

    1. Thank you, Donna. I'm really sorry about your dad...

  5. How cute with the name if you were a boy! You don't hear that name too often (ever!)

    what a sweet nickname you had! I'm sure your dad thinks of you as frog a lot of tmes in his thoughts :)



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