Four years ago I was living and working on Okinawa - way out in the Pacific Ocean far from family and friends. I had been on that small island over fifteen months before returning to the United States for my first visit, a brief stay of less than four weeks. The highlight of that trip was getting to be at the hospital in Overland Park, Kansas, for the birth of my first granddaughter, Olive Noel Macy.
And now, today, Olive is turning four.
Olive lives with her parents, Tim and Erin, just outside of Kansas City, and she has grandparents and cousins close by. This year she has started attending a pre-school located near her home. She also was recently at my house in West Plains for a month where she spent most of her days on a movie set watching her daddy and mommy help to make a film.
For a little girl of just four years, Olive has already led a rich and colorful life. She has been to Japan and Canada, and visited Los Angeles on several occasions. She has also gathered eggs, fed turkeys, talked to peacocks, and splashed in some beautiful Ozark streams.
Olive, keep exploring, learning, and loving. You are a very special young lady - and I wish you a wonderful birthday!