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SLOAN COLUMN: ‘Welcome to the best day evah’

on Tuesday, 02 June 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN COLUMN:  ‘Welcome to the best day evah’

Sometimes treasures are found in the most unexpected places.

With a tangle of golden brown hair swirling around an angelic face, the baby blues eyes of the soon-to-be five-year-old locked in on the phone screen in her tiny hand. A slight cough is followed by this grand announcement:

“Welcome to the best day evah!”

A few tongue clicks later, the proclamation is proudly made once again:

“Welcome to the best day evah!”

Twenty-four dizzyingly cute seconds later the video clip ends with the sweet little voice completing the trifecta with one final joy-filled exclamation:

“Welcome to the best day evah!”

Once it was over, all I could do was laugh out loud and inform everyone within shouting distance of what I had just witnessed.

“Hey, ya’ll gotta come over here and check this out!”

The video of my 4-year-old granddaughter, Lexi, running around the backyard is now, at least to me, a priceless family heirloom. I suspect years from now, if I am fortunate enough to live that long, I may play it again for grown-up Lexi and my great-granddaughter.

So what exactly made this particular Saturday deserving of the title “the best day evah?” Was it better than Christmas? Better than a birthday or a trip to Disney World? Who knows. Even Lexi had no clue. When I asked her what was so special about the day, she just shrugged her shoulders and began yet another conversation with our little dog, Maggie.

And by the way, Maggie is the only family member to get a shout out in Lexi’s video. At the 17-second mark she stops in mid-sentence while scolding little Maggie.

“Maggie, I’ll slap … .” Poor Maggie.

The sentence is never finished. Instead, Lexi’s mind wanders elsewhere before she chooses to end her video with a final invitation to the best of all possible days.

How did all of this transpire? About an hour earlier little Lexi had begged me to use the camera on my phone to make a video. I initially balked at the idea, thinking it unwise to let a youngster run around with a camera worth more than a $1,000. Like most any other grandpa worth his salt, I eventually caved. I did insist that she stay as far away from the pool as possible.

A half hour had passed before I remembered Lexi had my phone. A quick glance at my photos file revealed roughly 30-35 short videos, none of which was more than a minute long.

One-by-one I checked the videos and moved them to the trash. Many of then were cute, wild and goofy, but none were worth keeping. None, until I came across “Welcome to the best day evah.”

What made this day so special for Lexi will remain unknown. There will no doubt be grander, more memorable days to come as she grows older: First dates, first job, getting a driver’s license, proms, graduations, and weddings. But a particular sunny Saturday in the middle of May will be forever remembered as Lexi’s “the best day evah!”

Contact Bob Sloan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you’d like to view Lexi’s video, check out his facebook page.

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