Amherst News-Times, 2002-05-08
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■ '. .- mi'mm'wmm\ .1 <a' aw . J Local kids adopt military man — Page 5 Crunch players give tips — Page 5 Amherst News-Time o >-• o o o in X X l— 00 l-H l-c C CT O O 3 X ra< i h O r— c/i <S 3> O "-^ 33 <S) I> M N) < o *-, WIDNISDAY. May H. 2002 AMHI KS I , OHIO CO o o I Happy mothers are active mothers by AMY PERSINQER News-Times reporter There I was, screaming for one of the kids to get some shoes on before all the kids missed breakfast at school again. I wasn't screaming because I was angry, although without too much more effort I would be, I just needed to be heard over the din. Ethan, 10, was ready for school so he had the Playstation going. He had it turned up so he could hear it over the din, too. Jordan, 11, had her radio blaring from her bedroom. Caleb, 8, was telling me something very, very important to him, it probably involved the chickens he was supposed to be outside feeding. I think the phone was ringing. Yes, ringing at 7:25 in the morning. That's about the only time my friend, Jaime, can catch me at home. Jared, 4, the baby, (oh, the big boy, sorry) was chasing two of his sisters, Quincy, 7, and Sydney, S, out into the yard. I think it was pretty nice out — above freezing, anyway. It was one of those two girls that I wanted to get acquainted with her footwear. I got up, like normal, about 6:30 a.m. and got the kids up a few minutes after that Yet, I suspected I was going to be late for work, again. I didn't have to be in till nine, but it seemed way too soon, the way things were going. In my own defense, I drop the kids off at two separate schools and a daycare center before I begin my commute to weak. Thank goodness for that commute. It is the quietest part of my day. Finally, we were backing way too fast out of my driveway on our way to school. I looked out the front window and there was my huge yellow lab sitting confused-looking in the middle of my driveway. She wondered, I imagine, if I intended to u N The Persinger kids stood still, sort of, long enough to get a picture taken with their beloved pets. From left to right: Jordan holding the cat, Sassy, Sydney and Quincy holding chickens, Ethan and Caleb let her back into the yard and shut the gate. For informational purposes, there is also a cat living in our house, but she doesn't give me too much lip. For just a moment I probably wondered that morning why I was doing all this. But, I know. It is for the same reason other women stay up late into the evening making some delicacy for their kid's bake sale at school. U'» why parents go to PTO meetings and endless link league practices (more about little league, later.) It's for the kids. What reason could my mother have for watching six kids every Monday night for hours and fight off the urge lo bark "Hey! I didn't have all these kids!" It's for her kid. corralling the dog, Chelsea and monkey. (I'm lucky — I'm her kid.) Mothering has changed a lot over the years in some ways but stayed exactly the same in others. It's gotten a heck of a lot more hectic — my effort to get my six kids to school, for example, but it's much easier for us in others. Here's an example. I brought Jordan to work with me Jared with his favorite stuffed April 25 for the National Take our Daughters to Work Day. She got the real working mom experience. She talked with some of the other people in the office. She got to know the editor and an advertising rep. I planned to take her to meet some of the people in Amherst I know from having such a cool job. I had some writing to do and she was being i line started to rir *• 'Cool, she gets to e than type." "This is the school calling, your daughter threw up and needs to have someone pick her up. Your parents aren't answering,'' the horrible voice on the other end intoned. Jordan laughed out loud. It seemed so ridiculous that our day would end that quickly. But the honest truth is that that is exactly how it is for working moms. And the more kids there are, the more often it happens. I finished the paragraph I was working on and we packed up my brief case and headed out the door. But it wasn't always so easy for a working mom to run out and take care of a sick kid, and it still isn't for many mothers. "You're lucky you could leave," one mom told me, and she's right "When my kids were little, they (employers) didn't understand." Some employers still don't understand. And the ones that do are still dependant on their employees, even the one's with sick kids. It seems to me that moms just can't rest, even if they don't have full-time jobs or six kids. The mothers with time on their hands seem to fill it up making extra special dinners, working harder for the kid's school or helping on the t-ball team. (Thank goodness for these mothers!) There are grandmothers (and grandfathers — we'll talk about them in June) that go into my children's schools and read to them. It's wonderful. Every bit of the work is worth it When one of those kids smile or laughs out loud it makes my heart ache. When one of them screams kl joy that the chickens hud another egg (we pay more in feed than the we'll ever get in eggs) I don't begrudge the darned birds the effort it takes to keep them quite as much. There'll be peace enough when they're grown (until they bring over their kids.) Local cable TV show promotes fitness, activity by AMY PERSINQER News-Times reporter Randy Barkus is on a mission to get Lorain county residents off their couches, and in a more active lifestyle. His newest venture to encourage activity is a new TV show on Amherst's cable channel. The show evolved from a radio show that Barkus has hosted for two years on WEOL called "On the Run with Dr. Randy." The radio show is aired during die running season, ending with the Cleveland Marathon. Barkus taped a show for Avon Lake's cable channel encouraging people to go out to the track for one lap. The show was aired in Elyria, Lorain and Amherst as well After seeing the show, Amherst's station manager, Charlene Duncan encouraged Barkus to tape some more shows to be aired on Amherst cable. The first show also featured Marion L. Steele boys cross country coach, Scott Snyder. Barkus said the plan is for the two men to co-host the show. Both men are accomplished runners. Barkus ran in the Cleveland marathon this year and Snyder ran in the 10K. Barkus heads up the Boomer Athletic Club which encourages community service and athleticism, he said. They have hosted a variety of events that combine helping others with good health. April 20 the group began what CONTINUED on page 3 Randy Barkus tafcs with some participants ol the 1,000 Mile Jour- ney at Firelands High School track last month. Everything old is new again at this kids' store by AMY News-Timee reporter There isn't anything new about Diana Lafferty's new store. In fact there isn't anything new in it either. Lafferty owns Recycled Kidz, a resale shop specializing in quality children's clothes and accessories. She opened the More about six weeks ago on Rt 38 near ihe of Middte Ridge Road. Lafferty is the mother of two kids, four years old and two years old. She has her bachelor's degree from Tiffin University in business and is currently working on her mas ter's degree. "I have a lot of school work to do. I thought I'd open my own business, set my own hows," she said. "It kind of back fired. I'm loo busy lo do achooi work." She worked in advertising and retail for years before feeling that she needed lo home with a colicky a couple of yews ago. She started browsing the interact for nice kids clothes for her children tttf lo sell the clothes her kids had outgrown, she said. She started haying and selling clothes by the lot on E-bay and Yahoo, two kite-net decorated the walla of die store with kid-friendly murals. One wall is decorated with a brightly colored blimp pulling •sreamers along behind it The other walls are covered with Eventually, she got the idea to open the used kids clothing Stte tmmm tMCSIM \m> cycled Kids. She said they got the keys to the store March 1 and planned to open Anrti 1 Her sister. Debbie Ah She said that there was so much interest in the store while they were preparing to open that they decided to open it two weeks early. Lafferty said that she couldn't have pulled it off without ttw help of her wbA her sister. Site had emergency surgery time days after opening the More and they kept it open Cor her until she was back on her feet Lafferty's store aleo has a back room for kids to play in while lie aduks shop. Soon she plans to open s teen room in Ihe store that will carry naate-bnmd. high qoahty dothes that older Uds will lie. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-05-08|
|Date of Original||08-MAY-2002|
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