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September 9, 2013

Points East: Go ahead and ask my about my grandkids

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — I need to find me one of those tee-shirts, or maybe a sweat shirt, or maybe both, that has emblazoned in big bold letters, front and back, the following message: I DARE YOU TO ASK ME ABOUT MY GRANDKIDS.

Because I figure that if you ask first I won’t feel guilty about bringing up the subject of one or the other of them in the middle of any conversation about any other subject. 

For example, you might ask me what I think about Obama Care and I’d probably respond by saying, “let me tell you about the trick Tyler pulled in his tee-ball game last Thursday.”

Or you might ask what I think we ought to do to the tyrants in Syria and I’ll say, “ Well,I asked my two-year old granddaughter if she could count to ten and she said yep, uno, dos, tress, cuarto, sinco,  sies, siete, ocho, nueve, diez.”  I swear to you that happened a couple of weeks  ago when my daughter, Geneva  Marie(Genny)her husband, Scott Tesh and their three kids, Mazzen, Ramzy and Isabel  (Izzy) were here for a visit from Houston.   

The woman who runs Izzy’s day-care place speaks Spanish so the kid is going to be bi-lingual before she’s in kindergarten.  In the meantime, back to Tyler.

Daughter Jennifer and her husband, Kevin Ochs, live in Richmond and they have two boys. If you read this column regularly, you already know all about  pre-schooler, Tyler Kane, better known in this space as TKO and our exploits on behalf of the American Diabetes Association.   Big brother,  second grader, Braden, gets short shrift in the press but even he would not want the attention if it meant being afflicted with juvenile diabetes and the blood tests and insulin injections his little brother has to deal with 24-7. \Both of the Ochs boys are on fall baseball teams.  Dad, Kevin is a coach on both teams .  Mom leads the cheerleading squad consisting of Grandmas Peggy and Loretta and Grandpa Ike.  So I don’t suppose I need to tell you that all of us will be at the Lake Reba athletic fields, there in Richmond, every Tuesday and Thursday night until the end of September.   I’d rather be there than in the dugout at a Red’s game because it’s far more entertaining .

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