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Molly Grantham  Anchor. Author. Mom. Doesn't suffer fools. Heart wins. #MollysKids

Oh, that poor child. That little one. The one whose mom missed uniform pick-up and tried to improvise using a Kuechly @panthers jersey at his first game. Sweet thing. Hmmmm...

A tribe of #MooresvilleWomen, and a few brave men. (One even took a photo ➡️). Great afternoon. Real talk. Keep on juggling.

This 3-year-old Party Animal swiped us in, owned my computer and had his hand in the M&M jar. Then turned and told me he likes the @wbtv_news room “better than Chuck E. Cheese.” #HighPraise

2:02am. Backup has arrived. I couldn’t love @christineontv more. Heading home. But take note, @WBTV_News is round-the-clock fully staffed during #Florence. #GoUs

I was two, asleep near the Pier. There are hundreds of photos like this from four decades of life. My favorite ones now aren’t of me, but of P & H sleeping in the same way, on the same beach, near the same Pier.
#HurricaneFlorence has devastating potential to put the whole area underwater. But you know what? She can’t take away the memories.

My grandfather built our seaside cement cottage on Atlantic Ave in the 40’s. The Grantham family has had close to eighty years in Kure — no storm ever made those cinder blocks move.
My dad taught me to coastal fish on this beach. I think I was five. My ponytail still had a ribbon.
Every year my three brothers and I were dragged out of twin beds to walk to Easter morning sunrise service. 5:45am.
I used to watch dad order a breakfast sausage toast sandwich with mustard and a side of grits at the greasy food place next to the Pier. Southern to the core.
His ashes are in Kure’s ocean.
So are my mom’s.
They both have memorial fish plaques on the boardwalk. Different locations because they were divorced, but they both loved the area and it made sense to remember them near the shore.
My brothers learned to surf there.
My youngest brother — still in diapers — once ate a cockroach as it crawled across his leg in our sandy shack.
In high school, I’d do morning beach runs to train for field hockey. The Pier to Atlantic Towers was three miles, round-trip.
Another brother had college parties in the cottage. But he’s also the one who for Father’s Day, surprise-installed a ceiling fan on the screened-in porch.
My grandparents played Rummy on that porch. They had a running tally of victories. She was ahead by about 80 games.
I got married there. At a gazebo. A picturesque beach wedding.
We first took Parker at 5-weeks old. It’s where she has become a mermaid and learned to Boogie Board.
It’s where baby Hutch swallowed sand and now jumps waves with fierceness.

Kure is my beach, and yours. It’s ours. It’s all of North Carolina’s. Just like Wrightsville and Oak Island and the coastal towns up to Corolla and Kitty Hawk and south to Sunset. We’re all impacted.
She’s a nasty storm, but stories in a soul can never be washed away.
-Molly

Live radar behind us. Monster. #HurricaneFlorence

We will #NeverForget. But to Actually Remember — with the 2,977 faces who died — stops you cold. #September11th

Confidently strutting into fall after squeezing out the final drips of summer. #CalmBeforeTheStorm? #HurricaneFlorence

A special toast last night after our 11pm show. After 37 years at @WBTV_News, Paul Cameron announced he is retiring at the end of the year. My friend, partner and one of the country’s last remaining old-school “anchormen.”
Paul is an historical part of this station, and Charlotte. We’ve been through lots together and have months ahead to tell you guys more. Until then, I recommend you read @theodenjanes beautiful article in the @charlotteobserver today. He announced @PCameron_WBTV’s decision to leave this crazy industry after his illustrious career. It came as a surprise to many. Article >> http://tinyurl.com/PaulObserver (link in bio).
Cheers, my friend.
-Molly

Hope your day is as laborious as Hutch’s.

Old college friends, new better laughs. Love you, @fisheroneill. Such a fun visit.

Starting tomorrow, and every morning in September. Sixth year in a row for “30 Kids. 30 Stories. 30 Days.” This is a personal mission to put faces on this battle and make people understand #PediatricCancer isn’t rare and is in our backyard. This video was two years ago — I post now to give you a sense of the good, bad and always real of what’s ahead this month. So please, check my Facebook tomorrow morning (link in bio). Check every morning in September to meet a new child.
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Tomorrow’s 5-year-old? You’ll want to eat him up. He’s loving, playful, and has a nasty brain tumor that his tough police captain mom is trying to stop.
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As I say at the end of this video says (➡️), “Cancer rages on, and so will we.” You guys can help by sharing their stories. The parents of these kids want you to know them.
Big month ahead.
-Molly
#MollysKids

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