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December 25, 2006, Herald Journal

Only through a child’s eyes

By JEN BAKKEN

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community, and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher or anyone with a child in your life . . . there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

While I was volunteering, last week, at Delano Elementary School I asked a first grade student if her family had any plans during winter vacation. She told me that sometimes they go to another state to visit her aunt, but this year, her aunt would be visiting them instead. Then she added, “It’s good that my aunt is coming to our house because if my mom drives there it takes us two nights.”

I asked her if she thought that was too long and she laughed, “No, but my dad says it is . . . because it only takes him one night, and my mom drives too slow, like a grandma.”

I knew I had to use this for my Tiny Tales column, but decided to leave out names. My 16-year-old says I drive like a grandma and though I’m okay letting all of Delano know, I’m not sure this mom would be okay with that!

This past week, I also received an e-mail from Heidi Staunton of Delano, with a tiny tale.

Heidi has three children, Meghan who is four years old and attends preschool at Mt. Olive, and Ryan, who is five years old and attends kindergarten at Mt. Olive.

Recently, their beloved Grandma Pat passed away. The children were telling their mom how it happened, what they heard, and how sad they were that they will not see grandma anymore, but she was in Heaven with Jesus. Ryan asked, “Mom, when the cops found Grandma Pat, where do you think they took her?”

Without hesitation and with complete seriousness, Meghan replied, “They drove her to Heaven.”

Heidi said, “No more questions were asked, but their Grandma Pat discussion kept going.”

Here in Delano, we are proud of our community, our schools, and our children . . . why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can e-mail your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com or mail them to Tiny Tales, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328, or just stop by our office next to New Attitudes Salon, Hwy 12 East.