Today, I have the opportunity to celebrate the first baby born on my watch at the market. Madelyn Layne, who was born to farmer Brian “Tug” Teggart of Nosh Garden on the 4th of July is one month old.
Little Madelyn, who was so kind to her parents as to come with a ready-made birthday theme, is doing well, Tug tells me, although she is not very considerate about her parents' sleep schedule. She has really changed life for Tug and her mom, Cheryl. All I can say is, folks, welcome to the world of parenting.
I was probably more thrilled that Tug and Cheryl about Madelyn's birth on a national holiday. I mean, how great is that … everyone in the country having to celebrate your birthday.
I have an old friend whose birthday is Valentine's Day. She takes great pleasure in explaining that she “comes by being a sweetheart naturally.” I really liked the sound of that and 14 years ago, when my daughter, Nadia, was due to be born in February, I prayed for it to be on Valentine's Day. She had a mind of her own – she still does – and despite days of strenuous exercise and other unusual measures, she was born on February 23 – no national celebration, just a birthday of her own. And, now that I know her well, I believe that suits her just fine.
If my daughter is typical, I know in a few years Madelyn will probably be sleeping way more that her parents can appreciate.
I can't wait for Madelyn's first market appearance.
See you on the green one Saturday soon, Madelyn.
Audrey Hylton, Market Manager