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April 2005 - Volume 1 - Issue 9

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Publisher’s Note - She’s Here!

She’s Here!

To all my friends, both old and new, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the most beautiful little girl I have ever seen: my granddaughter, Mackenzie Caitlin Felix.

Mackenzie arrived Saturday, March 12, forever changing my world and that of my wife, Carol. (Of course, if we think she changed our world, just wait to see what she does to that of her parents, Josh and Kristen, who came through all of this like champs.)

We flew to Chicago to be with Josh and Kris as soon as we got word that Mackenzie was on her way. I kept thinking, if only I had a moment to catch my breath … but then I got one look at Mackenzie and realized she had taken it away forever.

After bringing two boys of our own into the world, Carol and I were thrilled when we heard that our first grandchild would be a girl. It’s not that we didn’t cherish every moment with our sons; quite the contrary. But once we knew that it was Mackenzie we were anticipating, I began to imagine having a little girl in our lives. My boys were truly made of snips and snails and puppy dogs’ tails; Mackenzie would be of the sugar ‘n spice and everything nice variety.

She is, simply put, the most beautiful little girl I have ever seen. I say that in all honesty without fear of contradiction because I know that every parent and grandparent who reads this will understand my sentiment. I see Mackenzie through the prism of my heart and the image produced is simply perfection. If you’ve been there, you know what I mean, and no further explanation is necessary. If you haven’t been there yet, what a wonderful gift you have on your horizon.

The only negative emotion I’m feeling is that Mackenzie lives in Chicago, which will limit our time together. (Of course, if she continues to live in a city where they measure snowfall in feet rather than inches, no doubt, as she gets older she’ll find something cool about having grandparents who live in Florida.) I can’t find much comfort in the adage that "absence makes the heart grow fonder," because I couldn’t be more fond of my granddaughter than I am right now.

We’ll just have to make the most of the times we do have together—and learn to appreciate the incredible number of frequent flyer miles Carol and I will accumulate.

I’ll close by expressing my appreciation to all of you who, upon learning of our coming granddaughter, sent well wishes and prayers for her. They worked and we’re grateful.

To quote the Italian writer and actor Roberto Benigni, "Life is beautiful!"

Charles Felix, Publisher

You can reach Charles Felix at sflahospitalnews@aol.com.
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