To continue with the family monikers: Rod and his younger brother, Ralph, were often called “Walph and Woddy” by their dad. It was what they used to call each other when they were kids and Tom still loved the sound of it. My brother Alan and I were “Alsy and Lindy”. I was perhaps eight when I began to hate my nickname. I refused to come if someone called me Lindy and eventually my parents gave in and called me Lynn.
These names weren’t nearly as irritating as the names we called each other. My brother and I had nicknames that continue to this day – and I won’t repeat them. We enjoy an affectionate and peaceful relationship and I don’t want that to change!