On this day, 4 weeks ago, I became a father for the second time. Today, September 14, 2018 marks 1 month since my son was born. Derek Kingston-Carter Bernard was born August 14, 2018 11:18pm, 6 lbs 9 oz.
During my wife’s pregnancy, I had to really wrap my head around having a second child. I wasn’t over excited, because in my mind, I was a father already. I’ve already been through this. So, to me it wasn’t a big deal.
Growing up I never considered making my son a Jr. I didn’t want my children to have even my last name because of its origin. My father’s last name is Livingston and my mother’s last name is Wilson. So you’re probably wondering how I ended up with the last name “Bernard”? It’s actually an interesting story:
When my mother was pregnant with me in prison, she carried the alias surname Bernard. So naturally when she gave birth to me during this time the name Bernard was given to me instead of Wilson or Livingston.
I’ve always felt like a bit of an outsider with a different last name. The Livingston and the Wilson name had strong ties to my childhood and my community. Growing up in Brownsville, if you were a Livingtson, then you were automatically somebody.
So naturally, the Bernard name felt like a curse to me. Especially under the circumstances that of how I became one. However, once my son was born everything changed for me.
I felt more excited about becoming a father again. I took pride in my name. I took pride in God blessing me with a beautiful wife, and an amazing daughter who carried the name so well. And now a little man who would continue our family’s legacy all through what I chose to create through the Bernard name.
The Bernard name is now a blessing and a new life line. God has blessed me with a second child. He is my Jr. and my namesake. He is Derek Bernard aka DJ. He is Kingston meaning from the estate of a king!
If there is one thing that the Bible has taught me, it is the importance of names and bloodline. Whenever God created a new character in someone like Abram or Peter or Saul etc. He chose to change their name. I am grateful that God saw fit to create in me a man born from such trauma a new name.
The name Bernard will represent overcoming the odds, rising above poverty and being an inspiration to others!!!!!
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– Derek Bernard
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