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As more people are having kids later in life, many find themselves navigating the unchartered waters of parenting without the guidance of their own parents to help light the way.
When I lost my adored mother-in-law, Sue, and grandmother-in-law, Shirley, mere months after having my first child, the thought of raising my daughter without them was, well, incomprehensible.
But the other day, as I was booking a theatre class for my toddler, I realized: I am parenting under the influence…
That’s Gretchen, hugging Sue.
Sue and Gretchen were not only “Merely Players.” They were dear friends and icons of the Mankato community theater scene.
That’s why it’s fitting that Gretchen Etzell will now share with Sue the title of Curtain Call Award Winner.
Tomorrow we’re honoring a holiday tradition started by Sue. She always took her grandkids to the theater this time of year, so we’re doing that for Szaba as well, just as Sue would’ve done.
Sue’s mom Shirley even got Szaba a poofy dress for the occasion. I thought you might be amused by our attempts to photograph her in it.