The day after my birthday a couple of weeks ago, I received my first birthday present from my parents in the mail. They told me to expect my gift in the mail, but didn't say anything more. I was a bit surprised when I saw our hometown paper there and thought for a moment, "What in the world?" They, however, reminded me that apparently I had told them I would appreciate being able to keep up with what's going on locally.
Little did I realize how I would appreciate even the most uninteresting stories. Well, okay, not quite. But, it is nice to know that the library in town has opened its door in its new building and that there's plenty of room for expansion. As well, it's nice to have the opportunity to catch a photo of one of my nephews or nieces in the paper, should they ever make it in. When I'm removed from God's country - my hometown - small consolations like reading the paper are a blessing.
However, I do have to admit, the part I'm looking forward to the most is the News from Norseland section. I haven't seen it, yet, but I've only received three and it's one of those sections that has so little news it might only be included monthly. Really, I can't wait to read that Maggie V. went to the old Maguire farmplace to visit Gillian B., who was so gracious to share her tea and crumpets!