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Saturday, May 15, 2004

The last time a baby was born into our family, I wasn't quite as involved as I am this time. It was twenty-two years ago, and I didn't even live in the same town. There was no waiting by the phone for me then, and I didn't make it to the hospital that fateful day. It wasn't that I wasn't interested; it was just the way things were at the time.

This time it's as if I'm waiting to hear I won the sweepstakes. I never really cared before that I didn't have a cell phone, but right now one would come in handy. I don't want to stray too far from communications central. I'm waiting for an important call, and I'd be unhappy if I missed it.

Maybe having missed out on previous births helps make this one so special to me. And maybe part of the reason is that the child born then, the last time, is the father of the child about to make his appearance in our lives. I'm only this baby's great uncle, so I'm thankful that I'm allowed to be on the first-call list.

15 May 2004

Almost cloudless sky.

There's no new news today, though, which makes for a sort of empty kind of entry, since there's really only one thing going on in this corner of the world. It's a little like driving through the fog. You know where you're going, and you'll get there sooner or later, but it's hard to tell how close you are.

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Told through the clear, keen eyes of ten-year-old Christy Sullivan, Jim Sheridan's In America is the story of a family torn apart by loss and put back together by love. The healing begins when they begin to open their hearts to strangers. Only then can they learn to repair the tattered feelings they have for each other. The movie features Oscar-nominated roles played by Djimon Hounsou and Samantha Morton, and both are outstanding. But it's held together by the incredible performances of the two young sisters, Sarah and Emma Bolger, who absolutely light up the screen.

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