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2/11/2013 3:29:00 PM
Publisher's Column Birthdays and grandkids are starting to add up

I turned 70 on February 2, although some would argue that it is actually 71 since all the 70 part has passed. You know, when you turn one-year-old, you've finished the whole first year, so you are then on the second and the process continues throughout life. I've now embarked on my 71st year, anyway you look at it-and some days I really feel it.

Mel arranged a very nice birthday party for me on my birthday with all six of my children coming home for the occasion. They gave me a large screen television, which is a very nice gift and was a real surprise because they know I'm not much of a television fan and that I've been known to throw sets out the window when they were distracting from family interaction. They included a Blu-Ray disc player, which gives me the freedom to choose what I want to watch more than does cable, despite all the channels available on cable. They topped it off with dinner at the Hubbell House-and that was the best part.

Nothing I'll ever see on television will ever come close to the pleasure of being surrounded by these delightful creatures I helped bring into the world and listening to them talk about their lives and relate memories of growing up in our homes. Mel said later that I was rather quiet and wondered if something was wrong, but there was nothing wrong at all. I was just lost in the pleasure of their company and the thought that they are the most important contribution I'm making to the world.

Mel wasn't satisfied with just getting my children to come home, though. She also arranged for the grandchildren and great grandchildren to come this past weekend. So Saturday afternoon I was blessed with a houseful ranging in age from a few months to 31 years. It is easy to forget, when you don't have any preschoolers in your home, just how much energy youngsters have at that age. Three of the boys spent hours racing around on our newly refinished wood floors using foot stools as racing vehicles. I suggested going outdoors for some fun thinking it might wear them out but it worked in reverse. After my last trip pulling a sled up the hill with my petite little great granddaughter Molly, who seems to weigh almost nothing, I was done in but when we got back inside, the boys were back to racing. I used to have that kind of energy-what happened?

I got so wrapped up in the excitement of being surrounded by youth that I lost all track of time and missed the Hayfield Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. I hope someone ate the meals Emily and I had purchased in anticipation of the great food always served at the Hayfield Legion, where the affair was held. Tom Monahan was selected Hayfield Citizen of the Year at the meeting and certainly deserved it. I've had the pleasure of working with Tom on the Dodge County Expo for several years and know how diligently he works to promote both Hayfield and Dodge County.

Thursday night, we went to the Friends and Family night dress rehearsal of "Nunsense" at the Mantorville Theater. I had to go, of course, because Mel is in it and had to learn tap dancing for her role as Sister Mary Hubert. It is a great show, very funny. I encourage everyone to go. You will not be disappointed!

If you haven't seen Les Mis, the movie is showing at the State Theatre in Kasson.

We are fortunate to have both live theater productions and motion pictures available so close to home. They add so much to the quality of life for all of us. Don't miss out on the chance to enjoy them.

Have a great week.

Larry Dobson

Claremont Service

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