Monday, December 9, 2013

A Short Tribute to Quinn

My oldest granddaughter is Quinn Kathleen.  She passed the quarter-century mark last January.  Just the other day I received a current photo of her and her honey, Landon, and thought I'd tell you a little about her.

My daughter, Kari, was living in Scottsdale, AZ, working for America West Airlines when she met her future [first] husband.  They were married in San Francisco in 1987 and by the time Quinn came along in 1988, Kari was a single mom, working for America West Airlines in Phoenix.  Quinn was born on 1/22 at 1:22 in the afternoon at the hospital where I worked in Marin County, California.  Kari and Quinn stayed with my husband and me for a few months; then Kari returned to work in Arizona with her bundle of joy.

Oh, what a precocious child was Quinn.  She was the included youngster in Kari's extended group of married and single friends and relatives.  I remember going to Quinn's 1st birthday party that was attended by hordes of airline people - all of whom were 'friends' of Quinn!  I'm so proud of my daughter and how she raised that little girl - to know that she was loved, important and secure.  Quinn blossomed and reached out into the world knowing that life is a great adventure and definitely worth living to the fullest.

Someday I'll complete that book of short stories for, and about, my family.  Here's a short one about Quinn ....

My husband and I had a ranch about 200 miles north of Marin County, near Redding - a weekend getaway for us, our family and friends.  We'd raised our kids to be independent - and they were.  At that time, our three kids lived in three different states.  Anyway, after Quinn's birth and Kari's return to her job, working for the airline, we were able to visit back and forth with much regularity due to the free or $5 air tickets.  I experienced Quinn's first years up close and personal.

As Kari was often gone for two or more days at a time, she had excellent child-care for Quinn, supplied through the airline.  And, Quinn started 'nursery school' at a very young age.  That, and the fact that she was precocious to begin with and spent lots of time in the company of adults, led to her spoken- language abilities being pretty extraordinary.

On one occasion, when Quinn was a couple of months over 2 years old, she and Kari had flown in to visit us on the ranch in Red Bluff.  As I was driving them back to the airport at the end of the visit, Kari and I were in the front seat of the car, talking away about this and that.   Quinn was in her car seat in the back, listening to us until she got bored with our topics of conversation.

All of a sudden Kari put her finger to her lips "Shhh," for me to listen to what Quinn was saying ....

"I pwedge aweegence to the fwag of the nited States of Amerca.  An to da wepublick for wich it stands ...."  Yes, she went on the recite the entire Pledge - with her hand on her heart.

There are lots of stories; this is just one.  Quinn went on to be an excellent student, Girl Scout, high school national champion-type cheer leader, History major graduating in December of 2010 from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.  She now lives in Campbell, CA and is a manager for her company, Aero-Tech.  She leads a team in procuring professional and technical employees for specialized companies.  She's been dating Landon, whom she met in high school, but didn't know well until they met again a couple of years ago.  I expect we'll be hearing about future plans for these two almost any day now.

I introduce you to Quinn and Landon ...


15 comments:

  1. This is awesome! I always love hearing new stories about Quinn's childhood! I hope you are having a great trip :) happy holidays

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    1. Hi Landon:
      I need more photos of you guys. I got this one off Viber. I have lots of stories about that girl. What a treat she was, and is!

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  2. Love this! Thanks for sharing and thinking of me Mimi :) ~Quinn

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    1. That's a tame story! Je t'aime. Hey I've just made arrangements for my next area to visit and stay for awhile. It's Cajun country in Louisiana and I hope to get to experience the language.

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    2. We have a ton of pics on Facebook! And there is one in the Christmas card i am sending out. Do you have a way for me to mail you a card? It will probably be hard since you are mobile.

      Je t'aime.

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  3. get out of town! at two? my god…. Mary-Pat… how adorable is she! and beautiful ... as is her guy, Landon.... aw.. great story ~ love family stories... I wish I had taught my son to be more independent .... he is a spoiled mama's boy... I give the excuse that I was 42 and had never expected to have children... SURPRISE.... couldn't put him down ... ;)

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    1. I was born when my mom was 35 and my dad almost 40; I thought they were "so old." By the time I was 35 I had a son in college. So, is there a 'right' time to have kids? I know that I did much of my 'growing up' along with my kids and I occasionally feel some regret for not having been more mature.
      Quinn was, and is, an extraordinary granddaughter - as are all my other grandchildren; but, then I'm a little prejudiced!

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  4. I just finished watching "The Women on the 6th Floor. What a great movie!!
    My first time in Paris was in the late 60's. Mr Joubert mentions their beach house in Arcachon which is near Bordeaux where a French friend of mine lived. Have you checked out "The Intouchables."

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    1. I haven't yet seen it, but it's on my list. Maybe today. My first time in Paris was in 1977. What an experience.

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  5. Your Granddaughter has been really blessed to have the support of her mother and grandparents, and eventually a new father to help her along life's pathway. I hope when the time is right that she starts her own little family, and that you are around to take part in that happiness with her and with your daughter. Thanks for sharing the story Mary-Pat. (Hey, can you take some of this cold weather around her and transplant it more you way??? It was like 22 degrees last night....brrrr.) --Dave

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    1. Thanks for the comments on Quinn; I plan to 'be around' to welcome the next generation. The story of her adoption by my son-in-law, David, is a good one also - maybe I'll share that soon.
      As for the weather, it's 34F here right now and it doesn't warm up much during the day. It's kind of put me in a lazy, stay-inside-and-read kind of mood.
      I bought Elements 12 and can't download it with my operating system. I contacted Apple and found that I can download a free App called 'Mavericks OS X' that updates my operating system to the equivalent of Mountain Lion (the latest OS). But it's not downloading properly so I need to get back on the phone with Apple today. Geeezzz

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  6. Wonderful story!! It's so nice to have kids and grandkids you can be proud of. I used to live in Campbell, CA, too. It's a really nice little town, at least it was when I was there in the early '80s. I worked for a publishing company right in town - Rush Franklin Publishing. I'm sure it's gone now. Great memories. I'll bet Quinn loves living there, too. :)

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    1. Yes, she lives by The Prune Yard. I originally lived at 771 Winchester Rd, which is now an IBM installation. Then I lived on the corner of Los Padres and Bohannon Dr in Santa Clara at a teenager. Early in my marriage I lived in a couple of places; first home in Willow Glen. Then in 2000 I commuted to Good Samaritan Hospital during the week and lived in Los Gatos and drove home to Marin for the weekends. I love reading your blog. Thanks for the comments.

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