Story snippet #109: Gambling with a name

In the taxi from Leipzig Hauptbahnhof I met a German Commissioning Editor called Kai from Baden-Baden. Unusual name – I asked him where it was from. Up North. Northern Germany? No, further – Norway. He explained his mother used to play table-tennis against a young Norwegian man in her apartment block. He always won – even when he played left-handed. On one occasion he bet her – at stake the naming after him of her first child. She lost. And Kai was named Kai. Not very German …but very romantic.

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2 comments so far

  1. Elusive Trope on

    I don’t know, but this seems an awesome way to be christened with a name.

  2. ArkAngel on

    That was my feeling too – something intensely romantic even though I don’t think the mother and the Norwegian were lovers

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