This was a Fourth of July that we’ll never forget. Yes there was oppressive heat that rolled across Minnesota prairies and through the sleepy towns in our part of Minnesota.
Yes, the good folks in Maynard, who always seem to have a big event over the 4th of July, used the occasion to celebrate their community’s 125th anniversary. And yes, the crowd (and the traffic) near Prairie’s Edge Casino on Tuesday night to see the large fireworks display under the light of a full moon was amazing.
While all of these were newsworthy items, none of them could even come close to competing with what happened on Tuesday morning. Our wonderful granddaughter, Cora Grace Christianson, was born at the Granite Falls Hospital. She came into the world with a full head of hair and looking like a perfect little girl. Her brothers, now five and three years old, were just as impressed with her as her parents and her grandparents. She is everything that we could have asked for.
We all gazed at her little fingers and her little toes and wondered just what all would be ahead for her five, 10 and 20 years from now. Someday she herself may be a mother and wouldn’t that just be wonderful?
Laurel and Chad have a busy family with two little boys and a newborn. Having three pre-schoolers at home for the rest of the summer means a whirlwind of activity. That will change soon because kindergarten will begin for big brother Kian this fall and life will move right into a new phase.
Grandkids have a way of reaching into your life that is unlike anything or anybody else. I’ve often thought that our two grandsons may be the only two people on the planet who are always glad to see me. That’s hard to beat. Now they have a little sister who is a sweat pea that will just be as happy to see us.
The excitement that a newborn brings to a small town hospital is amazing. It’s great fun to see that upbeat look on everyone’s face. Last Tuesday was something special. Our little Cora was joined on her day of birth in the early afternoon by Amy and Jon Anderson’s daughter, Macy Mae. The hospital was all abuzz with the newborn news.
It doesn’t take long for the word of a newborn to travel around town either. Everybody’s happy to hear about a new baby arriving.
Like I said three years ago when our grandson Evan was born, we’d all like to see a few more babies born in our part of Minnesota, especially if they are as sweet as a new granddaughter that I happen to know. How’s that for showing a little old fashioned grandparent bias?
It falls within our marching orders to report all kinds of news: the good, the bad and even the ugly. Some of that news, like the story about a new granddaughter is fun to write about. Other stories are no fun at all and encompass the kind of news that you just wish didn’t happen.
A good antidote for those no- fun news items is to have an uplifting story like the one we have this week about centenarian Ruby Peterson or the story in this edition about Walter “Super” LaBatte. Our sister newspaper, the Redwood Gazette, sent that story to us thinking it would be good for folks in our area to see what he is teaching near the Redwood Falls and Morton area. I’m grateful that not all news is bad.