From the emails and voice mails:
Think again. And again.
April 11, Sandra gave birth to the first set of triplets born at Kaiser Modesto Medical Center since it opened in October 2008. Welcome to the family, Emma, Grace and Faith.
The Mejias conceived the triplets naturally – without fertility drugs – which occurs roughly once per 8,000 or so births. Two of them are confirmed identical. If the third also is deemed to be identical, that kicks up the odds even higher. Identical triplets come from one egg that splits three ways.
The Mejias recently moved to Manteca from Morgan Hill; Keith works in construction in the Bay Area remodeling Walgreens, Home Depot and other retailers. Kaiser-Permanente spokesman Edwin Garcia said Keith Mejia feared losing his health benefits because of a lack of work during his wife’s pregnancy, but the work continued and he retained the family’s medical coverage.
All three children are home now, and the family is adjusting to the overwhelming routine of having triplets while also caring for the older children, Garcia said.
The annual carfest is sponsored by the North Modesto Kiwanis. Rather than staying downtown, this year’s parade will extend out McHenry Avenue to Orangeburg, which is appropriate. Much of the cruising in the 1960s and beyond happened on McHenry Avenue, ending at the long-gone Felix’s up that way.
The route, the event’s general chairman John Sanders said, “will make the parade less congested for the car owners and provide better viewing for the families who line the parade route to see these beautiful vehicles.”
The organization plans to work with the Modesto police to inform businesses along McHenry of the avenue’s temporary closure June 6, Sanders said. The parade is free to the public and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. downtown and head north.
How serious is the drought? Organizers will not – I repeat, not – provide bottled water during these events. Bring your own.