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It was 4 a.m. when I called my mom.

“Can you come get Callie?”


Ten minutes later, she was at my house to pick up her granddaughter. My husband and I sat on the couch, stricken with a flu bug so bad we couldn’t even bend over to care for our hungry baby without gagging, as Grandma scooped her up and took her for the night so we could get some rest.

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Alicia Strnad Hoalcraft

Alicia Strnad Hoalcraft is a news page designer at The Forum. She lives in Moorhead with her husband and their daughter, Calliope. She can be reached at