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October 10, 2013

Jim Bailey: Sparing no expense to meet family's fourth generation

We visited Bonnie’s hometown in West Virginia a couple of weeks ago. It gave us the opportunity to see what the future looks like.

Bonnie’s sister is now a great-grandma. That gives us a great-great-niece, 8-month-old Mackenize Proffitt. (The name is pronounced Mc-KEN-zee. It’s a long story.) She’s a happy, healthy youngster with the bare beginnings of a head of red hair who notices everything, babbles endlessly and is already pulling up to anything she can grab hold of.

That’s four generations, since Princeton, W. Va., Mayor Pat Wilson’s daughter and subsequently her granddaughter wasted no time being fruitful and multiplying. Since our oldest granddaughters are still in their early to mid teens and the rest of the grandkids younger still, chances of our having a fourth generation in our direct line while we are still around to enjoy it are problematic.

We also enjoyed a cookout with Bonnie’s brother, Mark Wills, and family. It was the first time in quite a while we had seen his son, Bru, who now is adorned with a magnificent “Duck Dynasty” beard.

En route there, however, we had some doubts as to whether we would make it. Just as we were crossing the Ohio River from Ohio to West Virginia, we started hearing a faint squealing noise. The CD player was on full blast, so we wondered if it was getting too hot or something. Turning it down, even off, seemed to make no difference.

The noise kept getting louder. Fearing something bad was happening in the engine compartment, I pulled off the highway, cut off the engine and popped the hood. Everything looked fine, including the fan belts. I restarted the engine. The noise resumed, seeming to come from the dash. I shut off the blower to the air conditioning system. The noise stopped.

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