My grandpa, Gene Telpner, was a journalist. A world famous one at that. My grandma Fritzi was diligent in keeping scrapbooks of all his writings and adventures that included photos of him next to the likes of Marylin Monroe, Alfred Hitchcock and the delightful couple of Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy (you know as a little girl I was most impressed with this one). He wrote a daily column for the Winnipeg Tribune and later the Winnipeg Free Press. He was an entertainment reporter, and the only one of his kind. He never, ever, ever wrote an unkind word about anyone. The legacy of my grandpa Gene inspires me each and every day when I sit down to write, as I aim to do so always with integrity, truth and a special lightness that he embodied to the utmost.
Whenever there was a family occasion to celebrate- whether it be a marriage, a graduation, a new career, or a new baby in the family, my grandpa wrote it up in his column and so his readers became a part of his family.
Without it being my intention, I know that you, who read me daily, feel a part of my life and over the last year and a half have also come to know the supporting characters in it. In carrying on the tradition that my grandpa Gene established, I feel blessed to have this space to share the following:
It is with the greatest amount of love, joy and happiness, that I announce the birth of the newest member of the Telpner family. On Friday, February 5th at 3:34pm, my brother Michael and sister-in-law Carly welcomed their sweet baby girl, Mia Jean Telpner, into the world. She is already a true Telpner, with a head full of curly hair and marching to the beat of her own drum, making her appearance ten days past due. She is a strong and healthy little thing and we are all settling in well to our first time roles. My brother and sister-in-law as first time Dad and Mom, my parents as grandma and grandpa, Carly's parents Bernie and Judi as Zaidy and Baba. She is the first great grandchild of grandma Fritzi and the third of Zaida Harry. Mia Jean has her Uncle Joey and Aunt Kat to keep her giggling, her Uncle Michael to teach her how to kick it on the dance floor and me, her Auntie M., to dress her up in pink and sequins, tiarras and tutus, to jump on the bed, swing from the hammock and eat cookies for breakfast.
When you love someone this much, all the rules go out the window. They will be healthy cookies I promise.
This is Mia Jean Telpner with her grandma Patsy and her Auntie M. I have never in my life been around anything so pure as life, that is just three hours old.