As I write this, the nation is focused on Washington, D.C., and the inauguration of Barack Obama. However, my attention is eight or so miles away in Alexandria, Va.
My granddaughter, Caroline, turns 7 on Jan. 21.
While her festivities aren't on the scale of an inaugural gala, on Sunday, Jan. 25, she and six of her friends are having a snowflake party. My daughter, Alison, has been planning it for months.