SENATORS yesterday dubbed Senator Imani Duncan Price's two-week-old child -- Marley Willa Grace Price -- 'The Senate's Daughter', claiming the child as the first born to a female member sitting in the Senate.
"We have dubbed the daughter called Marley 'The Senate's Daughter', and it is the very first time, and you know that I have been around for some time...The first time that the Senate can truly hold fast to the fact that we all have a baby," said Leader of Government Business Senator A J Nicholson.
"That child is going to be gem in Jamaica. We expect that, and taking from mother and father, and grandparents whom we know very well: That girl is going to grow up perhaps to sit in this House, in the Senate or the other place, one day...," Nicholson added.
He welcomed back both "a slimmer" Senator Duncan Price and Leader of Opposition Business Senator Arthur Williams, who was returning after incidentally shooting himself in the foot incurring a slight flesh wound in the process.
Opposition member, Senator Christopher Tufton, also welcomed back the duo.
"Of course the occasion which saw their absence from this House were totally different: In one case it was not a planned event, but it took place nevertheless," Dr Tufton joked.
"I am absolutely certain and, for the records, it probably is an important statement to make, that I know that on this side it was not a planned event. Nevertheless there are benefits to everything. There are lessons to be learnt and I know that Senator Williams, certainly in my conversations with him, would have related the story and from that we would have al learnt... We welcome him back and we certainly wish for him full recovery," Dr Tufton said.
Turning to Senator Duncan Price, he said that the Opposition joined in congratulating her on the birth of her baby.
"We know your event was well timed and well planned and, if I may say so myself Mr President, when I saw her walking in this morning (laughter) (pause) ...Without being specific, let me just say in general terms before I take my seat, the women in this Upper House are the pride and joy of all the men in this Upper House," Senator Tufton concluded.
Senator Williams thanked members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate who had expressed "their kind expressions".
"Rumour has it that what I did last week, I do very often, just that on this occasion I brought new meaning to the term 'shooting yourself to in the foot', and I promise never to do it, again," he stated.
Senator Duncan Price also thanked the Senate for wishing her well, prior to and since the birth of her child.
"She is indeed a joy. Motherhood, the second time around is incredible, and to all the women in Jamaica that, planned or unplanned, have had the benefit of experiencing such beauty and joy and a miracle, I am happy to be a part of that group and so I thank you fellow senators and all Jamaicans who wished me well," she said.