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She has arrived

Friday, October 7, 2011

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George Anderson
It's 4:21 a.m., today, Friday, October 7, 2011. I'm relaxing on a lounge chair in room 138 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. The room is dimly lit by the soft glow of a few computer monitors. The only sound is that of a clock. Tick tock. Tick tock. A few short hours ago, I witnessed a miracle--the birth of my second child, Jillian Diann Anderson (her mother insisted we spell it with a "J" and not a "G," but there's still a good chance that her daddy's going to nickname her "Scully").

As I sit in my chair reflecting on the event that took place at 1:58 a.m., when my beautiful 7 lb., 6.1 oz., 20-inch daughter was born, I can't help but think of how our lives are going to change. Where there was only superheroes, baby dolls will surely be added. Where there was blacks and blues and reds, there will be pinks and greens and purples. Yes, things are going to change, but in a good way. I'd like to take a moment to thank Dr. John Patty and the staff at PBRMC for the safe delivery of our precious package. FedEx could learn a thing or two from you.

I'd also like to acknowledge my wife, who battled around 12 hours of labor before our bundle of joy arrived. She was a tough cookie and she did great. To the crew at the DDD, have fun without me. I'll see you Thursday. As I'm fighting sleep in an attempt to get this column in today's paper, I realize it is the moments like today that make life worth living. It's not how successful or unsuccessful you are at your job. It's not your disposable income or tight budget. In the grand scheme, these things don't matter. Today, I met my daughter. She has arrived...and my life is better for it. Now excuse me while I prepare to get wrapped around her finger.

George Anderson is the managing editor of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.

George Anderson
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