Magazine article Insight on the News

On Abby Marshall Lindberg and the Important Things in Life

Magazine article Insight on the News

On Abby Marshall Lindberg and the Important Things in Life

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Hello, Abby.

Your father is lucky, because he gets to make a living by writing, and he likes doing that very much. This does put a little bit of an extra burden on you, though. You are only 5 days old, and I am already writing about you. It will be a few years before you can read this, and I am afraid I just don't know what you are going to think of it when you do. You can tell me if you want to. But if you don't want to, that's okay, too.

Though you are only 5 days old, you have already done a lot. I thought I would write down some of your achievements so everybody would know about them.

Today, before I left for the office, you got your thumb into your mouth for the first time. You thought it was delicious, at least so far as I could tell - much tastier than the plastic pacifier. Your mom, your grandmama and I decided that getting it into your mouth that first time was maybe more a matter of luck than skill. It looks like it's going to take a while longer before you are really good at thumb-sucking. But we enjoyed watching you just the same.

Today and yesterday and the day before, you were mostly just doing what babies do. But you were doing it very well. I especially enjoyed watching you trying to learn to focus your eyes on things around you. You kept getting better and better at that. (Do you remember those bright flashes of light? There you were, minding your own business, looking around, when all of a sudden, Pop! You looked very confused. It was my fault. I had the camera. Sorry.)

Also, your very first day home - that was Thanksgiving Day - you did something I didn't think was possible. You made our dog seem huge. Brindle weighs about 15 pounds, and being that she's a dachshund, she's low to the ground. Now, a 15-pound dog usually seems pretty small. But next to you, she seemed like a giant. You weighed 7 pounds, 10 1/2 ounces when you were born. That means you were just about half Brindle's size.

Brindle is a lot calmer now than she used to be, and that's thanks to you, too. If you think you were confused when that bright light flashed, you should have seen Brindle while we were getting your room ready for you during the couple months before you were born. Every day, something new happened. One day, a couch was in your room; the next day it was in the living room. One day, the room was blue; the next day, it was purple. One day, your room was empty; the next day, giant boxes arrived. The day after that, your bed and dresser were in place.

Brindle is a very conservative little dog. …

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