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leaving a legacy A river of stars By Marc Hequet What, indeed, is our legacy? O not 3 years old, he already alerts us to bird calls. n tHe Bank of a cHill Wetland my wife and I waited for dawn. Redwing blackbirds flapped through the half-light. At the welcome glow of sunrise, a dubious chickadee perched almost within reach. A Canada goose sprawling on her nest dangled one webbed foot carelessly. “Like a princess,” my wife remarked. Lots of action, but we had come for more. Far beyond the princess goose—we weren’t sure where—was a sandhill crane. Finally, a browsing deer roused it, and 300 yards away, the prehistoric-like creature began a slow patrol of its territory across the open water. Where were our grandchildren? Oh, they were far away, at home, likely still asleep— though the older one is an early riser. We’ll take him on a jaunt like this when he’s ready. And he’s close. Not 3 years old, he already alerts us to bird calls. In autumn, he took great interest in immense flights of Canada geese passing over a farmstead. By winter, he showed me the rising full moon. He gets it. Would he lose patience waiting to see a sandhill? Maybe, but these creatures are worth the wait. Grus canadensis stands up to five feet tall, comparable in size to a velociraptor— cartoon versions my grandson knows from watching dinosaur movies. Moments like these will be our legacy. A few people now write “legacy letters” . I consider: What would I write in a legacy letter? The legacy of my own grandparents is beyond value. They were immigrants, two from France and two from Germany. They all arrived in the U.S. in the years before World War I. How much misery did they spare themselves, their children and their grandchildren—including me—by their relocation and, once here, their hard work? Millions of young French and Germans died in the Great War. Then in 1933, Germans elected Hitler. By 1940 France was in the Nazis’ cruel grip. During World War II the Allies bombed Germany beyond recognition. Afterward, in eastern 42 GRAND JUNE 2009 click and connect to more resources instantly where you see this symbol: 
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - June 2009

GRAND Magazine - June 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
Poppy Joe
A Whole New Ball Game
Happy Trails
Pool Safe
Running Together
Notes from the Peanut Gallery
Ask GRAND
Inspirations
Leaving a Legacy
Writing Small Moments
Resources
GRAND Finale
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - A Whole New Ball Game
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Happy Trails
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Pool Safe
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Running Together
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Notes from the Peanut Gallery
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Ask GRAND
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Inspirations
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Leaving a Legacy
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Writing Small Moments
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Resources
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - GRAND Finale
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