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Doubly Blessed

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By Becca Owsley

 

By BECCA OWSLEY bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com For the past seven years, the date of Sept. 11 has brought haunting images to the minds of many. People can remember where they were when the World Trade Centers collapsed and the eerie feeling that swept across the nation. Despite the memories of such a tragic event, in my family an event happened four years ago that associates the date 9/11 with joy rather than sadness. I can remember it clearly. I was at my house, about to finish up a yard sale when I got the phone call from one of my cousins kids. He said his mom was on her way to the hospital and they were about to have the twins. Yes that’s twins. Now my cousin already had a son and a daughter and they wanted one more but they got a two-for-one deal this time. I remember checking in several times throughout the day and finally both of them arrived. My brother, a fan of classic country music, wanted to name them Waylon and Willie but the parents didn’t take his suggestion and named them Will and Guy instead. Since that time their lives were changed in major ways. They had to add an extension onto their house for their growing family and trips to anywhere are always an adventure. In their case many times it does take a village. There’s never a dull moment in their household. After an outing with their family you are definitely in need of a nap. The boys, now four, know every make and model tractor available and are never far from their papaw when he enters the room. They are as rough and tumble as they are sweet. Behind their angelic faces there have also been a number of mischievous moments. For example on a recent trip they absconded with their grandmother’s camera and took some questionable pictures. She said she heard them giggling around the corner and didn’t know what they were up to until she reviewed her pictures later. In a recent parade only one child was allowed by the driver to ride with their father in the parade. One of the twins hopped in and halfway down the parade route they stopped and the other twin took his place. A bystander asked if one of them was the stunt double for the other in the parade. They also have an affinity for cake. One time they got into their sister’s birthday cake too early and sent it crashing to the floor. Don’t feel too sorry for the only girl among three brothers. She holds her own quite well with the twins and older brother. Just two weeks after the twins were born our family was blessed again when another cousin had a baby girl named Haylie. For a while the three seemed like triplets when together until Haylie sprouted up tall like her father and towers over many kids her age. Our family is blessed, doubly blessed you might say, with children who are able to light our lives and provide many funny moments for laughter and joy. Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741.