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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • DAVE HORVATH: Amazing Grace

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  • Grace, Grace. What can I say about Grace?
    She’s adorable. She’s precocious. She’s not shy!
    Grace is the 3-year old daughter of Neosho Daily News sports editor Levi Payton; and she lights up the newsroom on her frequent stays with Daddy. If she’s anything like her daddy, then great things are ahead for Levi Payton. His daughter is already a star around here.
    Grace will tell you what’s what. She’ll tell you you’re wrong. And she will debate you!
    She’ll offer you a french fry or a piece of popcorn (though is not so generous with a chicken nugget or a cheeseburger); and she’ll continue to let you know that she wants a “cookie” when all you have to offer is a “cracker”.
    I’ve found that Grace does not like to be called “Little Lady” (I’ve surmised that means she’s in trouble when she hears it at home), but when I first see her as she goes up to greet the ladies up front and say, “There’s Trouble,” she does a quick 180 and gives me the cutest little evil glare. I must touch on something there: I’ve had granddaughters for going on 14 years, I love to pick on little girls.
    Grace is such a wonderful addition to the NDN newsroom, and the entire complex, when we have her. She’s a princess. She can be a demon! The picture her daddy now uses as wallpaper of Grace glaring down an imaginary batter as she stands on the pitcher’s mound at Crowder College is PRICELESS!
    Like I said, She is not shy! Sometimes we have to work around here. She keeps us smiling as we toil. It’s such a shame she has to grow up and won’t have so much time for us when she begins school.
    Until then, I’m sure many less than adventurous pre-school teachers are relieved that she is with us, and not telling them how to run their show.
    Dave Horvath is a staff writer for the Neosho Daily News.

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