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Chris Stratton - Appleton, Wisconsin (USA):
April 02, 2001:
This book is a substitute high chair at family feasts at grandma's
house. Many washings have warped the yellow cover, but some stains
remain. Here is the cranberry splotch from little Teddy's first time
at the big table. This shiny place is Sara's legacy, when
her insistent but slippery baby hands dropped the butter dish upside down.
Emily's rhythmic spoon left these dents in the edges. Swollen pages
made it lopsided for awhile, until Adam's
left-handedness evened it up again the day grandma celebrated Janie's adoption by
having all the grandchildren over for lemonade and sugar cookies. I
asked grandma to leave this family heirloom to me in her will.
This book was written by a 103-year-old lady pediatrician-mother
who still practices: sees children in her home office, listens
to new mothers, dispenses modern ideas along with practical advice that really
and builds confidence and trust in all her people.