My son names my taichi sword
Tradition says that you are supposed to name your sword. I was looking for something meaningful, like Quiet Teacher, the name my fellow author and martial artist Arthur Rosenfeld gave his tai chi practice sword; it also becomes the sword of the main character in his novel, The Cutting Season, so the name not only has class, but dual purpose.
My well-traveled, intelligent, thoughtful but somewhat wise-cracking sixteen year old son praised my sword when he saw it, so I asked him for a suggestion of a good name.
“Dad”, he says, mostly serious, “you can take the name I have for my sword in one of my video games.”
“What would that be?” I asked, thinking I had found the solution to my problem.
“The Pimpsickle,” he replied. “It was green and it slew lots of bosses who had more HP (health points) than me.”
Hmmmmm. Not sure how I’d explain the name to my Sifu, but it does have a catchy ring to it……but if anyone else has a suggestion, I’m all ears and bloody toes.