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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Local Circle of Life

"...a granddaughter, Margaret Pike and her husband, Dr. David Werle, and their daughter, Katie Pike-Werle, and a new daughter who is due next week..."
- partial list of survivors, from the obituary of the late Mrs. Opal Forrest Pike

My grandfather, my mother's father, died before I was born but when she was pregnant with me. My brother, older by three years, would show me photographs of himself being bounced on Pop's lap or sitting on a tractor with Pops, and I would pang with jealousy and run to my mother.

"But he knew I was coming," I'd say pleadingly. And she would smile painfully and say, "Yes, and he was so excited about you."
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