Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.

Clara Mae, born in yesterday's wee hours to my dear ones T & J. Homegirl Rachel Lynn has a little sister to beat up.

Adah Sophia, sweet niece two weeks' old tomorrow, keeping my own lil' sister busy in the Land of Cheese and Beer.

Josephine Aleta-Mae, beloved goddaughter a year this month, rocking and rolling her way into the upcoming Delaware summer.

Life is so full right now with the little girls with the classy old-school names. Funny how you feel it in unexpected ways. My bookstore jaunts have shifted over the last year or two. Instead of bee-lining for the sociology, the yoga, the literature shelves, suddenly I'm finding myself in the children's sections. It's taking all my inner reserve to hold off on buying those boxed sets of Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie and shipping them eastward. We'll give the girls a few years to, oh, you know, learn how to eat solid foods and whatnot. And then, watch out, ladies: Auntie Rach has a few things comin' yer way.

Big love to these newest little ones. Named for their grandmothers, most of whom are already gone. How life really does go on, in small ways; in names, and in memories, and in life-changing books that transcend the iPads and the DVD players and the Skypes. Yes.


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