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Errantry: Novak's Journal
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Personal: Grace Turns Five 
10th-Jun-2007 11:54 pm
Grace, my beautiful niece and goddaughter, turned five today. I sent her a card, and tried to speak to her on the phone, but my nieces are most odd in utterly refusing to have anything to do with the telephone without excessive coaching from their mother. Apparently Grace listened to me for a moment, then simply started walking off back to her visiting playmate with the phone held disinterestedly at her waist. I suspect someday that this phone-attitude will change, but that day is not today. Anyway, it doesn't stop me from loving her immensely, and from having done my godfatherly duty. I'll see her in two weeks at the dual birthday party for her and Haley, whose birthday is at the end of the month. But still... five years, already?!! I can still remember biking home from a day of teaching at Saint Joe's, caught in a sudden warm summer downpour, and singing with abandon the chorus of a song I'd recently written about grace:
And the rain came pouring down,
Pouring down on you...
only to find out later that she had been born in exactly those moments. Like her mother actually naming her for the theological reality we call grace – God's loving acts on our behalf in the very Gift of God's own Spirit and Self – so many moments of her life were already signs of grace in our family.

11th-Jun-2007 11:45 am (UTC)
They are absolutely precious.
11th-Jun-2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
I certainly think so!

11th-Jun-2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
She is too cute for words! And you look like Nicholas cage who is one of my favorite actors!
11th-Jun-2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
It's a cuteness overdose whenever I see her, except of course when she's not being quite so cute.... (As one of my profs once quiped, the Baby Jesus wasn't divine when he was spitting up....)

As to the Nick Cage thing, I used to hear that more, but now, curiously, it's always (in Milwaukee, at least) just from black women. Now I get a lot of Adrien Brody (crazy, entirely-serious misidentifications there) and from some students I now hear Luke Wilson, which is harder to see....
12th-Jun-2007 04:25 am (UTC)
yay happy birthday to Grace
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