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Dec 18, 2014 10:21:17 AM

An open letter to my first grandchild: Desiree Cathleen Maciel

By Ryan Brown

Today you turn 12.

You are amazing! So kind, smart, pretty and talented. Every time I'm around you I feel like I'm talking with a very deep soul. Full of hope, full of promise. I am so very, very proud of you. I know you have a lot of fun stories to tell and maybe even some sad ones. But on your 12th birthday, I want to share with you some things maybe you don't know, and how you have been such an important person for a very long time.