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It's been an interesting series of eventsPosted Monday, July 18, 2011, at 1:00 PM
There's a new member of the world thanks to my daughter Rikki and son-in-law Sean. Her name is Hannah Elizabeth Howard and she becomes the second member of the Curl Granddaughter clan.
Born last Thursday morning (July 14) at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Ft. Campbell, Ky. the six pound one ounce, 19 inch long Hannah entered this world at 9:04 a.m. local time and immediately began a life that she appears somehow predestined to fulfill.
Being the granddaughter of a sports writer comes with its own perils. First she is fully expected to fall in love with sports at first glance -- meaning the time she spent on Papaw's lap watching a baseball game on TV in the hospital and any subsequent trips to ball parks and stadiums.
She is also fully expected to join the White Sox and Colts Nations immediately. Her mother has already indicated that she would like to find a small Colts jersey instead of the numerous Tennessee Titans jerseys that seem to inundate the area around Ft. Campbell.
And lastly, she is fully expected to maintain the loyalty until her own grandchildren are old enough to realize the same standards apply.
As I looked her over lovingly I immediately began to notice her long fingers. They seem to be in line for a set of good hands, you know those that can either scoop out a low throw at first or haul in a lofty flyball in the outfield with little or no difficulty.
Or perhaps they are the fingers of a set of hands that can rip off a perfect rise ball on the softball diamond then follow up with a blazing fastball before finishing off the batter with a stunning changeup.
Her feet are long and solid, even if they are just barely long enough to fit in the palm of my hand. They have what appears to be the foundation for a speedster who can bunt her way on first or turn a slap single into a double with a stolen base on the first pitch.
She has a keen sense of hearing already -- no the doctor really did say so -- perhaps one that will allow her to hear the crack of the bat and get a solid read on a flyball.
Or perhaps it will work hand in hand with her quick and athletic feet in hearing the closest competitor as she dashes to the finish line.
Either way, I think she's got all of the needed basic tools, now let's just wait and see if she can put them to good use.
She appears ready to face just about anything as long as her pacifier is nearby and a clean diaper is hugging her bottom.
Oh and let's don't forget that Dad and Papaw will be the watchful eyes and her sister Maddy will be there to guide her along as Mom sits on the sideline with Mamaw screaming encouragement as her sports life progresses.
Even with all of this in mind I just hope she grows up to be a happy, healthy young lady with the writing skills that her grandfather could only dream about.
My daughter Rikki has inherited some of my writing ability. It earned her several awards in grade school and a self confidence in adulthood that she can write anything.
I just hope that both Maddy and Hannah are granted the tools to take it beyond the level their Papaw has achieved.
Well I hope this wasn't too far off the sports topic scale and I hope that someday soon I will be seeing my "Kids" aspire to more than what Papaw would like to see them do.
Besides, it would be nice to have a couple of rocket scientists in the family or a doctor or two.
Rick is a sports writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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