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Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Waiting Game

Governor Sarah Palin is about to become a grandmama any moment now.

As Bristol faces the prospect of a mother-in-law constantly jonesying for some Oxy, she awaits the birth of her first child, a son, any time after the due date of December 20.

(I was thinking about just how incongruous it would've been to have a Vice-President who is a grandmother, whereas the First Lady who is 20 years her senior, is no where close to being one -- and one of whose past times includes "drifting")

Chuck Heath, Palin's gritty father who raised her field dressing moose and training for marathons in -40F degree weather, gave an interview to Grandparents.com about this.

Just listening to him talk about the general topic of Sarah Palin, and the tremendous outpour of affection she engendered throughout the world, makes me smile.

Grandparents.com: How's the family getting ready?

Chuck Heath: For Bristol's baby? Oh, I don't know. [There's] all kinds of gifts laying around the place — all kinds of baby stuff. I’m in a room right now just full of baby stuff — more than she'll ever use.

GP: From all over the country?

CH: All over the world. I'd say a half-dozen foreign countries. In Sarah's mailroom, there's 87 boxes — big boxes of mail that haven't even been opened. I've been answering letters all day, all week. We figure there's over a hundred thousand pieces here. And we'll never get it done. We're just inundated.

GP: This has been a wild ride for your family, hasn't it?

CH: It completely changed everything here. [We're] just a common, ordinary family — I'm a retired teacher, my wife's a retired school secretary, and I hunt and fish. And here all this comes. I'm not complaining; it's just different. ... All of a sudden [we] jumped into the mayhem. We're very supportive of our daughter and her family. Very supportive. Anything she wants to do or undertake, we're backing her.

GP: And it probably hasn't died down yet, has it?

CH: No. She [Sarah] is getting ... oh, hundreds of letters weekly. I was in her office yesterday, and last week she had over 200 requests for interviews. Over 200. And these were small interviews, radio, talk shows, things like Oprah, David Letterman, things like that.

GP: What are they specifically asking?

CH: Well, like David Letterman ... they want her on the show. There are open invitations from several of them — even open invitations from O'Reilly and from Oprah and things like that.

GP: So do we know if (Bristol's having) a boy or a girl?

CH: It's a boy.

GP: Do you have a name yet?

CH: I don't think so. Bristol's here — let me ask her.

(At this point, Mr. Heath can be heard calling into another room: "Do you have a name for your baby yet?" He speaks back into the phone and says: "Oscar, she said. No, I'm just kidding. They don't have a name for it yet.")

GP: What kind of grandmother do you think your daughter will be?

CH: My daughter will be a great grandmother. She's a great mother — great daughter, great mother. I don't know about how much time she can spend, she's so busy. But she'll get her licks in. Don't worry.

GP: That's the hard part of being in the public life, isn't it? Where you have to try to juggle your public life with your family life. Has that been difficult within your family?

CH: Well, she [Sarah] takes her kids with her as much as possible. She just got back from Juneau last night and she had her daughters and Trig with her. Track, her oldest boy, is in Iraq. In fact, she's been criticized for dragging her family around with her. I think it's the greatest thing in the world.

GP: What are some things you all like to do in your spare time as a family?

CH: We don't have any spare time. [Laughs.] Well, in our spare time in the winter, as a family, we do a lot of snow-machining and skiing. I don't know about the skiing this year, but we'll do a lot of snow-machining. Her husband, Todd, is a world champion snow-machine racer. Won that Iron Dog four times. In fact, he's getting prepared for it right now, even though it's two months away.

GP: So you have a very active family life then?

CH: Sarah's kids have all participated in sports all through their high school career. They snow-machine, they hunt, and they fish.

GP: With a new baby coming into your life, what are the things you'd like to teach your new great-grandchild?

CH: I hope he's a normal, happy, healthy kid. My wife, Sally, is just looking forward to taking care of him. She's one of those good grandmother types. The grandkids and the kids come first. [Laughing] I come second.

Oscar, heh. It reminds me of when Princess Diana was to have a child and the word on the street was that it would be called, shock-n-awe, Oliver.

It's something about those "O" names that make them sound so funny. Hmm, "O" names...

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  • Someday a movie star family will name their boy girl combo Oscar and Emmy!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Dec 21, 01:41:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Someday a movie star family will name their boy girl combo Oscar and Emmy!

    Heh, that's awesome, Ron. It's such a natural idea that I'm surprised no one has used it yet.

    We could Tony to the mix too. And their wicked stepmum, Razzie! ;)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Dec 21, 03:13:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Gads, would we say Kelly Key has The Golden Globes?

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Dec 21, 03:18:00 pm GMT-5  

  • LOL!

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Dec 21, 03:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Graham-my? Sarah Palin will soon be Grammy...

    Let's not forget that there lives a woman who was awarded all these: an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy.

    Rita Moreno.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Sun Dec 21, 09:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Rita Moreno


    Ole Rita lives in South Florida, in Coral Gables, I believe. She's been starring in a series of medical insurance commercials for seniors recently. I remember thinking, 'still kicking, eh, Rita?".

    Ruth Anne, guys, I've posted for Monday, but the Christmas Movie Guide will have to wait one more day.

    God, at this rate let me just call it the New Year's Guide...

    (I'm pooped after shopping. The deals I got though! I always wait a few days before Christmas, and every year I hit paydirt with sales)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Dec 22, 01:07:00 am GMT-5  

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