Andrew’s great grandfather, Alphonse Aloysius Marciszewski was a very clever, uninhibited man with a great sense of humor! He had two names, Al and Al, and was sure he was two different people (especially since he was a Gemini). When he arrived in Texas for the first time, he saw so many cows and baby cows. Thinking of piglets and eaglets, it only made sense to him that baby cows should be called cowlets. Of course, his granddaughters constantly corrected him, but they knew he was teasing. The nickname stuck and to this day, Al’s calves are called ”cowlets” in the family circle!
Andrew’s grandfather, Phil, along with his grandmother, Barbara escaped corporate America and never left an idea untried whether it was hair-brained, risky, foolish or wise. Luckily (and with hard work) a couple of them worked out. One such idea was buying, selling and hauling cattle, especially “cowlets.” Naturally there were many Sale Barn trips and they noticed that the same calves seemed to be showing up repeatedly from one sale or the next. They were moved from barn to trailer and back again. It seemed sad and a little scary as some of them were so small. Luckily, in the story, Constance is rescued by Megan and enjoys freedom on lush pastures with her dad, Buster and her mom, Cornelia, not to mention her wonderful barnyard friends.
When their grandson Andrew was born, Phil couldn’t help but compare the trials in the NiCU, all of the doctor visits, surgeries, post op and struggle to the little cowlets being moved from place to place, being jostled around on those trailers and poked and prodded to move in and out of the arenas. He drafted the first version of Constance (a short story), as a way to express the fears and uncertainty that Andrew’s parents, grandparents and siblings went through during those early years. As Andrew grew up and took an interest in drawing sketches, and especially animals, his mom, (Phil’s daughter) saw the sentimental connection and wrote the story as a children’s book, incorporating elements from the original story and Andrew’s art.
We hope you will celebrate the book with us, along with the history of how it came print. All four generations would be delighted for children of all ages to read it again and again!