Iris - Heron Dance

Deborah A. Ayers

A letter to Hannah

This column first appeared in print in the North Hills News Record.

By the time this column goes to print, you probably will have already burst onto the world scene making me an aunt for the first time. (Being an aunt is even better than being a mom. I'll get to spoil you rotten and then send you home!)

Your parents have asked me to help usher you in and although I'm not quite sure what I'll do in the delivery room, my queasy stomach and I will be there.

It's been a long time since a baby was born in our family and four generations have been eagerly anticipating your arrival. Over the past nine months, I've tried to picture what you'll look like and what your interests will be.

I've thought about some of the things I hope you'll learn. As you grow up, you'll get plenty of advice--some good, some bad and usually more than you care to hear.

Although you're too young to understand any of this now, I wanted to write down some of the things I've learned and hope to share with you before you head out into the world on your own.

  • Any job worth doing is worth doing well.
    Both of my parents--your grandparents, instilled this in me. I learned to persevere when I felt like quitting.

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Hannah Mason was born April 24, 1998.