From the Ed­i­tor

Country - - CONTENTS - Mar­ija An­dric, Ed­i­tor mar­ija@coun­try-mag­a­

BE­LIEVE IT OR NOT, mak­ing read­ers cry isn’t one of my goals, but we have a few sto­ries with teach­able mo­ments that could have you reach­ing for a tis­sue or two. On page 46, Molly Balint re­calls her daugh­ter El­iz­a­beth’s first show at the county fair. El­iz­a­beth raised a gor­geous ewe lamb named Nora as her 4-H project. By the end of the show, El­iz­a­beth had to grow up a lit­tle faster than most kids her age. Then it’s a grown-up’s turn to learn a valu­able life les­son on page 62. Jesse Neve writes about try­ing to clean out the garage with help from her fa­ther, who was bat­tling Alzheimer’s dis­ease. Here, the child be­comes the care­giver and pa­tience is in­deed a nec­es­sary virtue. Putting to­gether this is­sue re­minded me of some­thing I learned early on—the im­por­tance of own­ing up to a mis­take, even one made by ac­ci­dent. In the June/July is­sue, you may have no­ticed that the flag wasn’t on the back cover. Sev­eral ea­gle-eyed read­ers reached out to let us know (though we did man­age to get about 20 flags into the is­sue). The omis­sion wasn’t in­ten­tional. If you turn to the back cover, you’ll once again see the flag with the words “God Bless Amer­ica.” I love hear­ing from read­ers. Keep send­ing your let­ters—you may see yours pub­lished on our new mail­box page, which will de­but in the Oc­to­ber/Novem­ber is­sue.

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