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Barb Kromphardt

My dearest Nolan


Welcome! Welcome, welcome, welcome to the world!

We are so thrilled to have you finally with us.

You had a pretty big trip last week, moving from the warm safety of your mommy to this loud, bright and sometimes confusing world.

I know you’re still trying to adjust to things out here, trying to figure out how to eat and how to sleep, but I want to be the first to clue you in on a few things that will be handy for you to know.

First, I hope you always appreciate how lucky you are.

You have an amazing Mommy and Daddy, who love you more than anything, but you also have more family than perhaps you’ll always know what to do with.

You have a Grandpa, and two Grandmas, three aunts and four uncles, and two cousins who have been wanting to play with you for several years now.

And you have even more family — great-aunts and great-great-uncles, and cousins to the second and third and fourth degree.

And we all love you.

Nolan, no matter what some people might say, you have been born into a wonderful world. It’s pretty beautiful here, as the spring flowers outside your nursery window might tell you.

And people, well, most of the people here, Nolan, are pretty great, too. They work hard; and they love their families; and they’ll pretty much give you the opportunity to be whoever you want to be.

And whoever you want to be is up to you. Yes, some of us dream of you as a great baseball player, and others of us want you to be smart and strong and handsome.

But Nolan, others of us just want you to be open to this world. Pretty soon you’ll be sticking whatever your hands can find into your mouth, just for a taste. And I hope you live your life that way, hands out, ready to try anything, to experience all the wonders this world has to offer.

I hope you play and learn and grow and love with your whole heart, giving everything your all.

I want you to come to the end of each day full of all kinds of experiences and to drop into bed for a peaceful sleep.

I hope you have so much confidence from all the love you are being given that you can turn around and give that love to others, the poor, the oppressed, the downtrodden.

I want you to be the boy who stands up to those who bully others. I want you to meet everyone a little more than half way and to share all the blessings you have received.

Nolan, I look at your sleeping face and I think of all the children in this world who aren’t as loved as you are, and my heart hurts.

Thank you for that, Nolan, for the ability for me to see the hurts of others.

Little boy, I see in you the truth that each new baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. Whatever you do in this life, do it with joy and zest and a desire to make everyone else’s world a little bit brighter.

I know you’ve already brightened mine.

Love, Grandma

BCR Staff Writer Barb Kromphardt can be reached at bkromphardt@bcrnews.com.