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As I drove to work this morning, I thought about what I would write about today. I would write about Ken Salazar’s visit, or Palin’s decision to pass three names (two of which have already been rejected) back to the Alaska State Senate for approval. Then I looked at my blogroll and clicked on a site I hadn’t visited for a couple of weeks. And then my whole perspective changed.

You see, I’ve been reading The Spohrs Are Multiplying, a mommyblog written by a very funny, very talented young woman named Heather. She writes about the adventures of her daughter, Maddie, who was born premature about 17 months ago. Maddie has the most angelic face of any child I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot, since I think my own daughter is rather cute. Maddie is funny and strong- a real character.

Maddie died last week. A jolt of pain shot through my body when I read the news, and then I started crying. I don’t know Heather, she doesn’t know me. But I care about her and her daughter as if I did. My daughter is only five months older than Maddie, and I’d like to think that if we weren’t separated by thousands of miles, they could have been friends.

So today I’m not going to write about Sarah Palin, the Alaska Legislature or even WAR. I’m honoring a little girl who never got a chance to grow up and be the amazing person she could have been.

Love to you, little Maddie.


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When I dropped S. off at the daycare provider’s this morning, she finally did it.  She leaned toward her and put her arms out.  Thank God.  Husband said when he picked her up, she was in his arms and actually was acting like she wanted to go back in and play some more.  It took a full week- a painful week- but she did it.  What a relief.

Oh, and yesterday, she said something that sounded like, “Mommommommommommom.”  Yippee!

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Double Duty

Here’s my man’s idea of babysitting:

That’s right. He’s mowing the lawn with my daughter on his back. What a guy.

We celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary last night. We went to the Crow’s Nest, which is a restaurant on top of one of the tallest buildings in the city.
Here’s the view from inside the restaurant:

The views of the mountains and city were beautiful. We ate ourselves into a coma. Rock on.

My husband got me the best present an Alaskan could ask for: an autostart for my car. I already have one, but it doesn’t work well (read: it’s been a nightmare since Day 1), so I’m totally psyched to get an upgrade. He sure does know me well.

I got him theatre tickets. Yeah, I know, not most husbands’ idea of a great anniversary present, but just wait: they are for Spamalot and JC Superstar. He’s a big Monty Python fan and the latter is one of his favorite movies. Oh, and the ticket pack also comes with tickets to Annie. Meh. I might sell ’em. Anyway, I’m jazzed.

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