Being a grandma sheds rosy light on the world
The size of my heart has been considerably enlarged again, thanks to a beautiful baby girl named Zoe Rose Hisel. My daughter delivered her second baby very early Friday morning, May 12, just in time for Mother’s Day. Everyone is fine and we are ecstatic.Zoe has beautiful dark blue eyes. She even has hair, amazingly enough, when you consider her parents’ heads.She looks tiny compared to her big brother, Charlie, who just turned 2 years old and is now a caring, protective big brother. Those of you who are not yet grandparents can only imagine how much fun and soul-stirring a grandchild can be. Tiny fingers and ears and noses are wondrous to their admiring grandparents. Every movement is a huge achievement, every little sneeze or squeak is something to marvel at, and you are convinced this special little one will make a difference in this world.As my friend Lynn Richardson said of his granddaughter, “When she comes over, everything stops.” How true. The rest of the world can tumble into oblivion, but when you are holding that tiny treasure, that’s all that truly matters. Dishes and laundry can wait.Grandparents rediscover fun and nature’s gifts with their grandchildren. Discovering snow and flowers and butterflies bonds them together in amazement. Maybe that’s it. In the everyday fast-paced world, life is so filled with frustrations and rough, scary input, that we forget to appreciate all the fascinating little things that make life special. The intoxicating fragrance of lilacs, the green grass in the spring, and bubbles bring back the joy of being and the ability to take things slowly with your precious grandchildren. Life is good.Coal Country FeudThe Senior Citizens team took first place in the Coal Country Feud at the New Castle Community Center Saturday night. The members of the team were Louise Lowe, Delores Weatherly, Ross Talbott, Edna Sample Scherry Simonson and Monk Dawson. The feud is a fundraiser for the town’s Burning Mountain Festival in July. The event raised $1,653 for Burning Mountain Festival. The newsroom, and especially the Chatauqua Gypsies Post Independent Feud team, won’t let me ever live down the fact that I did not answer the question, “Who was the voice of the New Castle News since 1991?” The correct answer was “Kay Vasilakis.” It wasn’t that I didn’t know the answer, it was because Greg Russi was quicker on the draw. Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and inspirations, please call 945-8515, ext. 513 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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