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Greetings from the Ridge.

I’d only seen my grandmother genuinely angry on one occasion. She was a farmwife who epitomized the stoic woman of rural legend, used to the whims and quirks of weather, disease, hard work, and crop failure. She could handle a windstorm tearing up the corncrib as easily as an outbreak of measles in the neighbor’s household. The woman was just beyond flusterability. . . that is until the incident with the baby. Grandma’s granddaughter called her one evening and with excited breath told her that she was about to become a great-grandmother. Grandma nearly wet her drawers at the news and then took a solemn pledge that she wouldn’t tell another soul until her own granddaughter had announced it on her own. The girl had wanted her grandmother to be the first to know and thus Grandma was honored.

But even the most sacred of secrets take on a heartbeat of their own and run a danger of cardiac arrest unless the news is shared with someone. So Grandma called just one person, her neighbor Zoe who lived just down the road, exacting a solemn promise from the lady to keep her silence until the official announcement was made. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>