The News About Jessica

The news is about Jessica, our first grandchild (have a cigar; no, don't), who was born on March 1, just under 7 lbs. and 19 in. big. I hold her on the couch as she sleeps swaddled--part baby, part blanket--in the crook of my arm. Her harpist's fingers twitch in independent dreams. The threads of blue veins above her barely visible eyebrows run like rivers on a map. It comes back to you, holding babies--the surprisingly substantial weight.

The news is also about Jessica literally, in that as she sleeps, the news is on TV. As I hold Jessica, 15-year-old Charles...

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