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volume 18 issue 2

Just Between Us…


february 2017 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton

Dear Friends, Our pets aren’t traditional, but we certainly do love them. I keep a flock of


chickens to brighten up the garden, eat bugs, and, of course, give us fresh eggs. Our

GRAPHIC DESIGN Barbara A. Tompkins

two sweet miniature goats, Moosetracks and Strawberry, enliven the side yard with


their running and jumps. We bottle-fed them, and they know they’re part of the

family. Two cats, three bunnies, four ducks, five rescued box turtles, two snakes, one frog, a delightful bearded dragon and a few funny geckos round out our

Susan Powell


Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz, Gayle Tate, Andrea Wood

menagerie. And, I’m secretly hoping my Valentine will surprise me with a beehive


or perhaps a pair of new baby goats to add to our farm-ette. My friends assure me

R. L. Bethke, Beth Cheuk, Lindsey Chiles,

this may be proof I’m nuts, but they love me anyway.

Amanda Christensen, Diane DiCarlo,

Rick Epstein, Jackie Jamison, David

Lerman, Whitney Woollerton Morrill,

Margery D. Rosen, Beth Seliga, Madison

Stanley, Danielle Sullivan, Bob Taibbi

Since childhood, I’ve found that pets are the sweetest, most understanding of friends. Living in the country, my sisters and I “rescued” Tramp, a wonderful little spotted beagle mix, who wandered from the nearby railroad tracks. Despite our parents’ rule never to feed a stray, we reasoned that God would want us to at least


offer the poor skinny thing some water and a bologna sandwich. Tramp loved us

INTERNS Lindsey Chiles, Amanda Christensen

with all her doggy heart and, boy, did we shower love on her, brushing her scarred


coat until it shone, reading her stories, making her treats and teaching her tricks. In return, she gave us something equally valuable: we learned what it means to love someone completely dependent on us for her care. Now, I delight in seeing our children take care of their feathered-furry-scaly friends. Whether it is done purely from love or because their Cub Scout project is to record how they help with household jobs, the end result is usually the same: giggles, splashed water, dirty shoes, happy pets and delighted children. Responsibility, friendship and how to find entertainment on a ho-hum day… the gifts our pets give us are many and priceless. No matter how many creatures you care for, I wish you a loving Valentine’s Day and a month filled with cuddles from a loved one—human, furry, feathered or scaly. Happy February,

CharlottesvilleFamily™ Bloom Magazine and CharlottesvilleFamily. com™ are published jointly by Ivy Publications, LLC.™ is published weekly online at www., the weekly Newsletter is distributed via email, and the Magazine is published in print format 12 times per year along with a™ Directory. The views and opinions expressed by the writers and advertisers do not necessarily represent those of CharlottesvilleFamily magazine, its officers, staff or contributors. The information presented here is for informational purposes only and although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of or consequences from the use of this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein. We urge all parents to confirm any information given herein and consult with your doctor or an appropriate professional concerning any information of question. All images not credited are property of and provided by Thinkstock by Gettyimages. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written consent of the publisher. Copyright ©2017. All rights reserved.

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Contents TABLE OF



New Mom 22 Naming Baby

News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8  Did you take your child(ren) to the voting polls?

Snapshot 10

Berto & Madeline Sales, Musicians and Teachers

44 new!


Mindful Parenting 24 Letting Kids Fight for Themselves

Treasuring Valentines 34 Creating a Special Valentine’s Day Box

Healthy Family 26 Pneumonia

Our Schools 12

Student Initiative Leads to Swimming Safety

Editor’s Pick!

February Festivals & Events for the Family

Home & Garden 30 Embellishing Lampshades

Guide to Residential Camps 44 What You Need to Find the Best Camp for Your Child

2017 Guide to Private Schools 58

Regents School 6th Graders Recreate One Continent at a Time


Tips & Trends 28 Fabulous Finds and Fun

For When You Don’t Know What to Say

Drawing Their World 56

Less Tech, More Fun

Wise Words 50

I love all of the parenting advice in this issue with the articles on “Letting Kids Fight for Themselves,” “Understanding Pneumonia” and “Wise Words: For when you don’t know what to say.”

Daytrips to Get the Whole Family Up & Moving

Singing “Caaamp” 42

Out & About Calendar 14

Active Adventures 36

The Inside Info on Area Schools

UNTIL NEXT TIME I Used to Be Cute, Too 62  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

30 So Love This! “I love the Residential Camp Guide in this issue. Going to camp every summer was always something I looked forward to. It allowed me to meet new friends and make lasting memories I’ll never forget.” — Lindsey, marketing intern



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Tell Your Story, Win Prizes Cale Principal Receives Recognition Cale Elementary School Principal, Lisa Jones, received the 2016 Impact Award for her creation of a world language and Spanish Immersion Program at the school. Each year, the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD) gives this award to professionals in school systems who are dedicated to the learning and growth of their students. Jones’ passion and belief that students should be immersed in other cultures and in the literacy of other languages have both fueled the program’s progress. With the programs thriving, the students who were once secluded due to language barriers are now interacting with others in school. Together, they are creating a new sense of community at Cale.


February 2017

In 800–1,200 words, share with us some of yours or your family’s most favorite camp memories, or what your family loves most about camp. The winning essay writer will receive a gift package worth more than $200 in daytrip passes, and may be published in our April issue. Entries are due by Sunday, February 19, at midnight, and must be emailed to See for guidelines and rules.

Local Nonprofits Collaborate The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE), a resource center that opened its doors 10 years ago, has decided to shake things up. Originally setting out to help members of the community with grant writing, skill building and financial strategy, the CNE has also begun to partner with local nonprofits and their community partners to collaboratively solve community issues. Some of their goals include providing every at-risk child in the Charlottesville and Albemarle area with a high-quality education, as well as building a healthy and just food system for community residents. To do this, they will be working with nonprofits such as Bright Stars and Market Central.

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International Hour of Code In December, Charlottesville City Schools took part in International Hour of Code events. International Hour of Code is a national emphasis that takes place yearly to expose students to computer science. For three days, students took part in various activities that presented different aspects of programming to them. Charlottesville City Schools have been long-time adopters of technology, initiating daily technological devices as early as third grade. Creating a technological literacy in students allows them to grow up using technology and gives them skills that will enhance their pathways to college and their professional life.

This January, Monticello hosted the families of second-graders in Charlottesville City Schools to celebrate “My Monticello,” a student art exhibit. This exhibit showcases the visits second graders made to Monticello in November. During these visits, students were introduced to Jefferson’s lifestyle in areas such as gardening, science and daily life at Monticello, and it allowed students to connect past events with the present through activities that reinforced math, science and history curriculums. After visiting, students used their “My Monticello Journal” to illustrate their time at Jefferson’s home for display in the Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center at Monticello.

Photo by Tom Daly

Monticello Hosts Second Graders


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Did you take your child(ren) to the voting polls? TOWN 86% say “yes” 14% say “no” “As we were waiting in line to cast, both boys decided the machine was eating votes! It’s amazing that we made it past the bake sale.” Maggie F., Earlysville, Mother of 2 toddler boys “At home, my 7-year-old son hears the discussions between my husband and me and even shares his own opinion, and at school his class learns about our local, state and national representatives. But I think that walking by my side through the process of voting at the polls helps my son feel like he is a part of the process—part of team America—and is contributing to the outcome.” Kathy L.

“Even though my son was only a few months old for the primaries and barely a year old for the Presidential election, I brought him to both. I want him to learn early about our rights and our duties as citizens of this country.” Helena W., Greene County, Mother of 1 boy

“Not this time. We were expecting a long line, and after having a 2-year-old with a cold waiting in line with us for a couple hours at the last presidential election, it didn’t seem like a good idea. We made a big deal about it though, and they get the stickers if they want them.” Debbie, Mother of 2 girls “I think it would be a nice thing to do to model civic responsibility; however, he was in school when I voted.” Cat M., Charlottesville, Mother of 1 boy

“Our children are grown, but we have taken our grandson with us to the voting polls on many’s a great teachable moment to help them understand the voting process.” Darlene T.

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University of Virginia’s Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Tony Bennett, is competing off the court in the 2017 Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. One of 48 Division I basketball head coaches who are participating, Bennett selected The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank as his charity. The winning coach of this challenge will get to donate $100,000 to their chosen charity. This challenge, lasting through March, consists of four rounds of voting, each lasting three weeks. At the end of each round, the coaches with the most votes will move on to the next round. Monetary donations will be given to each charity based on the round each coach is eliminated at. But if successful, the $100,000 donation prize could account for approximately 400,000 meals for families in the community. To vote for Coach Bennett daily visit espn. com/Infiniti.

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Albemarle County recently voted “yes” on a $35 million bond referendum in order to assist county public schools. Woodbrook Elementary School then held its third community information meeting to describe how this money will be spent on expansion and modernization. Woodbrook Elementary is receiving about $14.2 million and will be using it to get rid of its three outdoor-trailer classrooms. According to Principal Lisa Molinaro, this will be the first time in her seven years as principal that all the students will be under one roof. Design plans need to be approved by the Albemarle County School Board (ACSB) before construction can start this summer.

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SNAPshot written & photographed by Beth Seliga

Berto & Madeline Sales Musicians and Teachers Madeline and Berto live for music. The duo has diverse musical

What is your collective advice for parents and their children who

interests including samba, funk, soul, blues, bossa, jazz and

are aspiring toward a career that supports and helps others?

Spanish flamenco. Madeline has a voice like an angel. Their latest

If you already know that you are passionate about helping others,

recording, “Just for Fun with Beleza” is family-friendly music adults

you are on the right track. Let that spark be your guide. There is

can actually enjoy. It is perfect for anyone hoping for a light-

nothing more rewarding than sharing a success with others.

hearted, whimsical musical journey. It opens with a fresh take on

Multiple spirits uplifted! Parents can support and honor this

The Jungle’s Book’s “I wanna be like you” with an upbeat Latin swing

aspiration by giving them opportunities to help others through a

vibe. Every track is unique and exciting, and creates a compelling

variety of outlets to see which avenue is the best match.

musical tapestry. Madeline, what is your favorite time with your family/friends? Madeline, what is the best part about your jobs?

Definitely mealtime. We are fortunate to eat all of our meals

In addition to performing and recording music, we both teach

together. We spent a lot of time together preparing food and enjoy

private music lessons. Berto teaches guitar, ukulele and music

a Brazilian style “main meal” at lunchtime before teaching in the

theory (the relationships between harmony and melody), while I

afternoon and evening. Berto is famous in our family and friends

teach piano and voice. They are all very rewarding in their own way,

circle for his “Berto beans.”

and we get to witness the growth of our students and celebrate their discoveries, creativity and persistence. With our band Beleza,

Berto, what is one thing your parents did well that you still

we recorded a family-friendly album this year that is real music for

appreciate today?

the young and young at heart. It was inspired by the playful nature

Both of our parents really showed us genuine love, which is so

of many of our students and family members.

crucial for self-esteem. The advice we’d give is to encourage a healthy relationship with “failure.” We’ve seen this to be one of the

Berto, how have you grown over the years? What are your hopes

greatest challenges for our students. When someone fears making

for the future?

mistakes, it becomes the greatest obstacle in growth. Making

When we were younger, we focused our energy on learning to play

mistakes is necessary for developing and learning in any field,

and perform songs, and to be on stage. Now, we see music as a

so becoming comfortable with making mistakes opens doors to

vehicle for connecting with others, uplifting the spirit and helping

realizing our true potential.

others express themselves. In the future, we’d like to continue to share music as a way to connect with what’s real. We have several ideas for thematic recordings in the dream lab. Madeline would also like to develop an online course around mind-body singing.


February 2017

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Toy Library Enhances Learning

Student Initiative Leads to Swimming Safety It’s winter, and students are getting ready for … summer?! “Summer is swimming season,” says Patrick Johnson, the coordinator for health and physical education at Charlottesville City Schools. “We offer swimming lessons now so that from the first day of summer vacation to the last, our students can be safe and ready to enjoy the pool, the beach or the lake.” The swimming lessons are a new part of PE class for fifth-graders at Walker Upper Elementary School, using neighboring Crow Pool. The program is a partnership between the school, the City’s Parks and Recreation program, and the Ben Hair-Just Swim for Life Foundation, which promotes water safety. The idea came from students in Walker’s “English as a Second Language” program, who tragically lost a friend to drowning in May 2015. In response, they wrote Superintendent Rosa Atkins, inquiring about the possibility of student swimming lessons to help prevent future accidents. The request led to the community

Gordon Avenue Public Library has some new additions to its shelves, toys. Launched this past fall, a toy library has been introduced to library guests. This section of the library houses toys that can be checked out the same way books are, and can be taken home for three weeks at a time. This program—created by students at Madison House, the University of Virginia’s student volunteering center—has enhanced the library experience for children who visit. Librarian Glynis Welte promotes the toys in relation to the books she reads to the children, ensuring that the toys do not compete with books read during story-time sessions.

partnership that has made the program possible. During the spring of 2016, inschool swimming lessons were piloted with the original ESL students who made the “ask.” Based on that success, lessons became school-wide for fifth-graders during the 2016–17 year. Swimming lessons are offered in six-week rotations, beginning with children who have the most limited water skills. An alternative gym program remains available for students whose families opt out for any reason. If slots remain, at the end of the year, the students who need extra time in the water can take a second round of lessons. “It’s always gratifying to see a child make progress, but in a swimming pool, that progress can be dramatic,” notes Chris Shuma, Walker’s gym teacher. “A child who was once afraid to put her face in the water can start enjoying the pool and then can start swimming with confidence.” “We’re proud of this program on a number of levels,” adds Johnson. “We have an opportunity to save students’ lives. And we are proud that this is an example of students responding to tragedy in a constructive way. Essentially, we want our schools to teach kids how to solve problems, not only in homework, but in real life. That’s exactly what these students have done.”

Beth serves as a community liaison for Charlottesville City Schools.


February 2017

Montpelier’s New Building James Madison Montpelier unveiled its new education building. The Claude Moore Hall features state-of-the-art multimedia classrooms, staff offices and digital production studios. The building expands upon Montpelier’s Robert H. Smith Center of the Constitution, which provides classes on constitutional principles for elected officials, teachers, law enforcement officers and international leaders. In this new space, lectures, programs and podcasts led by scholars who teach Montpelier’s constitutional education programs will be recorded and broadcasted by staff. This technology will extend the Center’s reach to audiences across the nation and around the world.

BIZ BITS ANNOUNCEMENTS Mary Whittemore, MD, has joined Albemarle Square Family Healthcare as a family physician. Bounce Play-n-Create now offers with Whole Foods Market snacks at the Bounce Café. Fifth Street Station will welcome Basil Mediterranean Restaurant, Krispy Kreme and a Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital location this year. Virginia Discovery Museum appointed Janine Dozier and Beth Solak as the new Executive Directors.

OPENINGS & RELOCATIONS The new branch of Bank of the James is located at 5th Street Station. Carpe Donut is opening a café in place of Shark Mountain in the IX Art Park.

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Kid*Vention 2017

February 18, 10am–3pm at Key Recreation Center Explore a wide variety of scientific fields through hands-on experiments, demonstrations, games and more with local exhibitors. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. 977-1025,

Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance

February 4 & 5, 1pm or 4:30pm Saturday, or 2pm Sunday at CB Studio Theatre, Charlottesville Ballet Studios Semi-formal event celebrating the parent/child relationship with refreshments, dancing, games and activities led by the Charlottesville Ballet. 227-7592,

Porkapolooza The Love Tour

Kids Club Valentine Treat Bag

February 4, 10am-12pm at Michaels, Barracks Shops They make; you shop. Kids ages 3 and up can enjoy a Valentine treat bag project designed by Sprout. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on the premises during the event. 971-1072,

February 11 & 12, 12–5pm at Maymont Mansion Costumed ladies and gentlemen relate details of the royal love story of Queen Victoria and the courting customs of the era. Reserve a private ride in a horse-drawn carriage, too. 804-358-7166,

Sweetheart Social & Dance Workshop A Valentine for That Special Someone

February 8, 2:30–7:30pm at Crozet Library Visit the library and make a special something for your special someone. Supplies available all day to create unique handmade valentines. 823-4050,

February 12, 7–9pm at Crozet YMCA This event begins as a workshop on Salsa, Merengue, East Coast Single Swing and Foxtrot. No dance experience necessary. Stay and play child care is available for members and requires a reservation. Following the workshop, enjoy a DJ and dance. 205-4380,

Kids Club Valentine’s Day Cookies

February 11, 10am-12pm at Michaels, Barracks Shops They make; you shop. Kids ages 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on the premises during the event. 971-1072,

FESTIVALS & FAIRS City Market Arts at Carver

February 11, 10am–4pm at Carver Recreation Center Browse local arts vendors’ unique handcrafted wares. 970-3059,

February 18–19, 12–8pm at BBQ Exchange Join BBQ Exchange for their 7th anniversary pork fest celebration. 540-832-0227,

STAGE & SCREEN CHS Theatre Presents: Into the Woods

February 16–19 at Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center Into the Woods is a musical retelling of classic fairy tales, including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstock, Red Riding Hood and more. 245-2410,

Free Movie Friday: “Hidden Figures”

February 17, 7:30pm at PVCC A team of brilliant African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. Rated PG. 961-5376,

Youth Orchestra Concert February 28, 7pm at St. Anne’s-Belfield Greenway Rise Auditorium Enjoy a performance by the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia. 974-7776,

LEARNING FUN Fun for the Young

February 1, 10am at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Gordon Avenue Children’s Librarian, Glynis Welte, shares stories that engage your youngest art patrons. Reservations required. 243-2050,

Toddler Time at Maymont: Winter Wiggles

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February 2017

February 1, 8, 15 & 22, 10–11am at Maymont Nature Center Learn about what some animals do to survive during the winter months by listening to stories, making crafts and having some free play. Reservations required. 804-358-7168,

Special Night for Special Needs

February 3, 5:30–7:30pm at CMoR Central Families with special needs children can enjoy the exhibits with a reduced number of visitors and benefit from adapted materials, activities and a cool-down space. This event is recommended for ages 10 and under. 804-474-7062,



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Meet the Symphony Musician

February 4, 10:30am at Virginia Discovery Museum A Charlottesville Symphony orchestra member will demonstrate an instrument and accompany a musical reading of a children’s story. Then visitors can enjoy the instrument petting zoo. 977-1025,

Lunar New Year


February 4, 11:45am–12:45pm at Gordon Avenue Library Learn about and celebrate the Chinese New Year, with special stories, songs, crafts and nibbles. Partners in this collaboration include Laughing Dragon Kung Fu, The East Asia Center at UVA among others. 296-5544,

Snuggle Up Storytime

February 6, 7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Dress cozy, bring a blanket and stuffed friend, and enjoy cuddly stories. For babies through age 5 with caregiver. 296-5544,

Picture Book Film Fest

February 10–11, 10:30am at Crozet Library Bring a blanket and pillows if you would like, and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Registration is requested. Ages 2–6. 823-4050,

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1730 LAMBS ROAD • $839,000 This remarkable ‘city estate’ offers a wonderful mix of formal & casual living spaces on an expansive, private, extensively landscaped parcel overlooking Ivy Creek. 4 BR, 4 full, 2 half bath home complete w/ pool & pool house with 1/2 bath. Serious privacy & SO CLOSE to town. Lisa Lyons (434) 987-1767 MLS# 555535

Let’s Go Explore the Past Through Archaeology

February 11, 10am–12pm at Monticello In honor of Black History Month, join Monticello archaeologists in the Archaeology Lab to discover how the enslaved community lived at Monticello. Designed specifically for children ages 7–11. 984-9800,

Chess Saturday

February 11, 2–4pm at Central Library Enjoy instruction and simultaneous play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn will be served and prizes will be awarded to all participants. Space is limited and registration required. Grades 1–7. 979-7151,

Tabletop Game Day

February 11, 2–4pm at Crozet Library An afternoon of advanced tabletop gaming. Board and card games will be available or bring your own to share. Contact the library for game details. Grades 6–12. 823-4050,


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{our town calendar} Paws to Read

February 13, 4–5pm at Crozet Library Improve your reading skills and read aloud to Lucy, a therapy dog registered with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment, and bring a favorite book to read. For any young reader. Registration is required. 823-4050,



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February 13, 6–7:30pm at Crozet Library Love books? Love pizza? Share the titles of three books you enjoyed and three that disappointed you. Grades 6–8. Registration required. 823-4050,


Chocolate Sculpture Challenge



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February 14, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Show off your sculpting skills in a series of creative challenges using molding chocolate, then eat your creation. Grades 6–12. Registration requested. 823-4050,

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February 18, 10:30am at Central Library A delicious read-aloud time designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children. 979-7151,

Family Art JAMs: Playing with Paper

February 18, 1pm at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities—an enriching experience for the whole family. 243-2050,

Little House at the Library

February 18, 2pm at Crozet Library Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday by playing games and exploring activities that she and her friends would have explored at your age. All are welcome to wear period clothing. Registration required. 823-4050,

Bird Feeders

February 21, 4pm at Nelson Memorial Library Make some simple bird feeders to take home. Grades K–5. Registration required. 263-5904,

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February 22, 3:30pm at Crozet Library Visit the library and listen to incredible non-fiction stories, enjoy an afternoon snack and chat about books you’ve been reading. Registration is requested. 823-4050,

It’s Bin Fun: Sensory Play for Infants and Toddlers

February 24, 10:30–11:30am at Crozet Library Captivate your little scientist with openended, child-led play that engages the senses. Things will get messy so dress appropriately. Ages 6–36 months. 823-4050,


Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

Sunday, March 26 • 2:00PM $10.75 Youth, $15.75 Adult


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February 1, 6, 15, 20 & 27 at John Paul Jones Arena 800-542-8821,

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February 2, 5, 12, 16 & 26 at John Paul Jones Arena 800-542-8821,

Saber Force Academy

February 8, 5:30pm ages 6–11, 6pm ages 12–18 at Northside Library Saber Force Academy takes the fun of light sabers and puts them into teaching martial arts skills to students. Registration required. 973-7893,

Mardi Gras Square Dance

February 17, 7:30–10pm at Rockfish River Elementary School Live square dance caller and refreshments. All proceeds given back to selected community organization. All welcome. 361-2470,

Presidents Weekend at Wintergreen

February 17–20, Opening Hours at Wintergreen Resort Events include demo days by Freestyle, Wintergreen Rail Jam, music slopeside, live entertainment at The Edge, NASTAR and plenty of time to spend time with your Valentine. 325-2200,


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February 18, 12pm at Lake Monticello Club House Freezin’ for a Reason! All proceeds benefit local charities including Fluvanna County Habitat for Humanity, Fluvanna SPCA and Meals on Wheels Fluvanna.

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Now–May 2, First Tuesdays, 6:30pm at Crozet Library Practice creative writing skills, learn new techniques, read works by other teen writers and hear helpful comments about your own writing. Grades 7–12. Registration recommended. 8234050,

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST)

BLAST Applications due February 6 Through innovative hands-on sessions taught by faculty members and staff, 8th and 9th students will explore the fun and excitement of STEM while residing in a college dorm. 757-766-5210,

Cookie Creations

February 7, 6:30pm at Central Library Co-owner/operator of Pearl’s Bake Shoppe on West Main Street teaches you how to create your own confectionary cookie. Ages 14+. Registration required. 979-7151,

How to Revise Your Creative Writing

February 7, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Learn techniques for revising your plot, fixing your mushy middle and make your sentences sing. Perfect for NaNoWriMo participants ready for the next step. Grade 6–Adult. 823-4050,

College Test Prep Series

February 18, 2–4pm at Central Library A representative from the Princeton Review will be presenting SAT results and strategies. Grades 6–12. Registration is required. 979-7151,

The Lady from Shanghai: Film & Lecture

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February 22, 6pm at Northside Library UVA Associate Professor Dr. Carmenita Higginbotham gives a lecture, “American Film Noir meets The Lady from Shanghai.” After, watch a screening of the 1947 Orson Welles thriller. 973-7893,

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February 24, 6:30–8:30pm at Crozet Library Try a little of everything. Sample the first episode of three different anime shows, vote on the favorite and learn to make onigiri (Japanese rice balls). Anime rated PG or PG-13. Grades 6–12. Registration requested. 823-4050,



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Hidden Figures: NASA African American Mathematicians

February 25, 2pm at Louisa County Library Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and NASA research mathematician Katherine Johnson did groundbreaking work on Project Mercury, Apollo 11 and other projects. Katherine Moore, Johnson’s daughter, will discuss her mother’s life and share videos. 540-894-5853,

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Gordon Avenue Children’s Librarian Glynis Welte shares stories that engage our youngest art patrons.

French Film Fest Screening

February 26, 2pm at Central Library Showing Adama, le Monde des Souffles (2015), in partnership with the UVA French Film Festival. 979-7151, or 434.243.2050

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February 12, 10am–3pm at The Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville The annual CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo helps parents get a jump on camp shopping. Meet exhibitors from camps offering horseback riding, sailing, sports training, travel, robotics and much more! With a bounce house, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Click!Flash! photo booth, great giveaways and special kids’ activities! 984-4713,

March 2, 8:30am–4:30pm at Omni Hotel-Charlottesville Sponsored by CharlottesvilleFamily, Quadruplicity is a transformative business event giving women and men insight and knowledge needed to take charge of what is most important to them.

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North Branch School Open House

February 28, 9:30–11:30am & 5:30–7:30pm at North Branch School 540-456-8450,

DATE NIGHT 10th Annual Main Event Gala Benefit: The Speakeasy February 4, 6:30pm–12am at Keswick Hall & Golf Club This “Black Tie or Skinny Tie” event will include a silent auction, food, drinks, gaming and dancing. Proceeds will support UVA Children’s Hospital. 924-8643,

2nd Annual Wine and Chocolate Pairing February 11, 11:30am and 2:30pm at Horton Vineyards Fee includes six tastings of some Vintage wines paired with uniquely hand-crafted chocolate by Jennifer Mowad of Cocoa and Spice. Seating is limited. 540-832-7440,

UpFront—Evening of Romance

February 11, 4pm & 7pm at CB Studio Theatre Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the ballet with an evening of wine, romance and dance. 973-2555,

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February 14, 6–10 pm at Trump Winery A welcome reception featuring sparkling wines followed by a field-to-fork winter-inspired wine dinner. A multi-course gourmet dinner will be paired to enhance your wine experience. 984-4855,

Grace Tinsley Scholarship Bash

February 18, 6:30pm at Carver Recreation Center at the Jefferson School City Center Enjoy great food, desserts and dancing to Motown music by 180 Band, Central Virginia’s favorite band. A benefit event to help CHS graduates continue their education. 242-8586,

‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s Decades Rewind

February 22, 8pm at The Paramount Theater Over 60 songs effortlessly blended into unique medleys by an eight-piece rock band and six rocking vocalists. With over 100 costume changes, from ABBA to Led Zeppelin, listen while watching poignant videos of American culture. 979-1333,

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February 25, 12–5pm at First Colony Winery Enjoy a piping hot bowl of chili or soup (vegetarian and vegan soups available) with all the fixings, rolls, cookies and First Colony wines. Live music from 1–4pm. Space is limited. 979-7105,

Come out for a trail race along the Rivanna River. Learn how to fix water leaks in your home and win prizes too. Bring the whole family, there will be a DJ, kid activities, & conservation tips!

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Naming Baby Inspirations for Choosing Your Baby’s Name

New Mom

What’s in a name? A lot. Naming a baby is among a new parent’s first responsibilities. For some, a child’s name is a way to demonstrate ancestral, cultural or religious affiliation. Others choose names to honor a relative or to express a hope for a child’s future. And sometimes, parents choose a name simply because they like it and it seems to suit their child. “My daughter’s so important to me…I wanted to give her a unique name—a beautiful name,” says local mother Arlene Pindar. “So I spent a lot of time looking.” Pindar’s daughter, now 8 years old, is named Ailani, which means “high priestess” in Hawaiian. Her middle name, Victoria, honors Pindar’s maternal grandmother, who died when Pindar was young. “It’s amazing because Ailani is very caring, just like my grandmother was. Ailani’s teachers always tell me how she looks after the other children.” The handwritten appearance of a name is another consideration to some by Whitney Woollerton Morrill parents. “I decided my children’s names should have a descender—a letter that drops below the baseline,” says my mother, a potter, teacher and artist. Her first three babies each got a “y” at the end of their name: Ashley, Whitney and Jamey. The name of her youngest child, Joel, resulted from a compromise with my father. “He wanted another J name,” my mom said, “and I liked Joel.” Just as everything does, baby names go in and out of fashion. If you find yourself with time on your hands while your baby sleeps on your chest, bop on over to the Social Security Administration’s online list of the top 100 baby names of the last 100 years. For girls, Emily, Jennifer and Lisa have enjoyed stretches in the #1 spot, but no name can touch the 40+ year domination of Mary. On the boys’ side, Michael held the #1 position for the most years, but James won overall, with over 4.8 million namesakes. If you’re considering baby names, avail yourself of the You can see the top five countless websites and books that provide lists of baby names by year for both boys names, their origins and meanings. But also look to your and girls at family tree, as a distant relative’s name may provide babynames/top5names.html. inspiration. Remember that names often morph into good and bad nicknames as a child grows, so be sure to run through the list of likely monikers to make sure they won’t one day subject your child to excessive schoolyard ridicule. Above all, don’t let choosing a name become a power struggle with your partner. Make a short list while you’re pregnant, and if you aren’t in agreement, put things on hold until your baby’s born. Gazing into the eyes of your newborn will clarify what his or her name should be—and a whole lot of other things, too.


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Neutral Party Letting Your Kids Fight for Themselves

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It was a blustery night and my kids were huddled around a Trivial Pursuit board. Fresh from a good snowman making session, the boots were now drying off by the heat, the hot cocoa was simmering and we were enjoying some family time. As I stirred the marshmallows in the kitchen, I could hear a voice call out from the living room, “you cheater,” followed by “I didn’t cheat.” Fifteen minutes ago, the kids were all happily frolicking through the frosty snow, giggling and laughing. Their voices were becoming louder, and I was trying to decide on whether I should go in and put an end to the drama, or if I should let it take its course and allow them to figure it out on their own. Sometimes as a parent, it’s hard to know what to do. You want your kids to learn to find their own solutions and stand up for themselves, but you also want to stop it before escalating. According to Psychologist Dr. Michael Brady and author of When Things Get Crazy with Your Teen: The Why, the How, and What to do Now, it might not be the best to always stop it. “If a parent is always stepping in, there will be no end to by Danielle Sullivan that — you’re teaching the child that you will always solve their problems in life, and that is a disaster. And we’re doing more of that than ever before.” Here are some ways to help your kids learn to work out their own disagreements: Establish house rules. These should be clear and consistent. For example, hitting, pushing and bad language are not allowed, ever. Let your children know that from the time they are old enough to understand and follow through with age-appropriate consequences. Whether the behavior is spotted among siblings or friends, they must be held accountable every time. Be aware of a child’s limitations. If one of your children is easily flustered when hungry or tired, prepare ahead. Hold the judgment. No one likes to be judged or told what they did is wrong. Try to avoid the phrases, “You should have,” or “why didn’t you.” Instead, use, “what else could you have STAY NEUTRAL done,” or “would you change anything next time?” Find teachable moments. When your children are not For more parenting advice, fighting or disagreeing, take every opportunity to discuss you can find Dr. Michael how people can disagree peacefully. This can be when your Brady’s book, When Things children are talking about disagreements in school or you Get Crazy With Your Teen: are watching similar behavior on a television show. And try to The Why, the How, and always model this behavior yourself. What to do Now, online. Don’t take sides. Try to make each child feel validated but try to stay out of choosing who is wrong. Of course, if hitting or bad language is involved, you should correct your child’s behavior, but avoid making one child the “bad one.” Give the kids a chance to work things out themselves. You might be surprised by how they learn to negotiate and see each other’s perspectives. I ended up staying in the kitchen to finish up the cocoa. By the time it was my turn, the kids were laughing again and had straightened out their misunderstanding. I realized that not getting involved in minor disagreements between my kids helps teach them independence and fosters peacefulness for them. And it also lets me off the hook, gives me time and space to not always have to step in. Danielle, a mom of three, is a parenting writer and editor, specializing in health, lifestyle and pets. She loves to find new ways to bring more Zen and mindfulness into her daily (hectic) life.


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Knowing What to Look for with Children Your little one has developed a cold with a fever and a cough. And as it often happens with a cough, it lingers. You keep giving your little one cough medicine, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. So you pack him or her up and head to the pediatrician’s office. The doctor reveals that your child has pneumonia and that a course of antibiotics will take care of it right away. As a parent, we sometimes feel awful for not knowing at the first sniffle that this was going to happen, but you couldn’t know. There is no good way to identify if your child has pneumonia. It can happen during the course of any cough or cold, and generally the first and best step is to go to the doctor for treatment. What is pneumonia exactly? It’s a respiratory infection affecting the lungs. It causes inflammation of the air sacs in the lungs, which then causes them to by Diane DiCarlo fill with fluid or mucus, making it painful to breathe. “Children are particularly vulnerable simply because of their size,” says Barrie Carveth, a family nurse practitioner (FNP) at Sentara Martha Jefferson Family Medicine. “Their smaller airways make them more susceptible to respiratory distress, and their less mature immune systems make them more vulnerable to more serious illness.” Bacteria or viruses, especially influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), most commonly cause pneumonia, and it can present itself very similarly to a bad cold or the flu. Over time, however, that illness can become more serious, as the infection moves into the lungs. “Parents should especially be on the lookout for a fever, cough, rapid breathing, and difficulty or pain with breathing,” says Carveth. “Babies can have the same, as well as fussiness and not eating or sleeping.” According to Carveth, “walking pneumonia” is a term for any pneumonia that doesn’t interfere with a person’s normal activities. It is a milder form of the illness where there is Want to Learn More? no significant respiratory distress or high fever. Walking The more you know about pneumonia is often caused by bacteria and is prevalent your family’s health, the among school-age children. Those with walking pneumonia better equipped you’ll be to may not feel sick enough to stay home, but they may exhibit take an active role in your well a dry cough, low-grade fever, headaches and tiredness. being. See more at sentara. More severe forms of pneumonia often develop more com/charlottesville-virginia/. abruptly and have more striking symptoms, including a high fever, sweating or chills, a cough that produces yellow or green mucus, wheezing and/or difficulty breathing. “Any child who has these signs or a prolonged upper respiratory infection that is not improving, should be seen by his/her PCP for evaluation,” notes Carveth. “However, if a child develops a bluish discoloration or becomes pale, has great difficulty breathing, makes grunting noises or becomes lethargic, call 911 immediately.” The course of treatment for pneumonia depends on the source of the infection and its severity. Milder forms of the infection can be treated at home with fluids, rest and fever-reducing medications. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, and viral infections may be treated with an antiviral.

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Lampshades Crafty DIY Lighting

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By February, we’re close enough to the end of winter and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. But we’re also tired enough to snarl and show our ragged edges. Like love and chocolates on Valentine’s Day, light can literally change our biochemistry. Here’s a few, fun ways to decorate lamps and make that magic last until spring’s cavalry arrives. First, measure the shade’s dimensions carefully. Leave space on the top and bottom for a border, if intended, and tape off areas carefully to protect them. Be sure to consider the room’s existing colors and furniture pieces, and contemplate whether you want this piece to be complimentary or the main focus? An easy first try can include your favorite fabric, and fabric glue or spray-on glue to adhere it to the shade. Make sure you leave two inches of fabric to carry over onto the underside. Lace ribbons works just as well, or layer the two! Let your imagination lead the way. Other ideas include making use of any leftover seashells from your family’s summer beach trip, or letting the kids choose themes for their rooms. You might be able to utilize your daughter’s play jewelry or your son’s baseball card collection.


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What about all of those unique buttons you’ve been saving forever? Heat up your hot glue gun and decorate in whimsical patterns. You can even dye the shade first using fabric dye. For hard-to-find colors, try mixing tie-dye hues. Nothing illuminates like insight, so grab a stencil or print out a favorite font to mimic, and grab colored Sharpies or Tulip fabric markers to add your favorite quote, song lyric or memorable phrase. Interesting embellishments needn’t be limited to the lampshade. Lightly scuff that out-dated base and use a good epoxy spray paint, standing well away and doing multiple coats. Dings and scratches can be completely covered up by using a textured paint. Viola!

The House at the Edge of Nig ht by Catherine Banner My wife and I bought so many books in Asheville’s redoubtable bookstore Malaprops that they allowed us a few more, gratis. Our favorite by far was an advance copy of The House at the Edge of Night. Named to NPR’s Best Books of 2016 list, it languorously spins a love story across three generations of family on the island of Castellamare, which is right off of Italy’s coast. Available at New Dominion Bookshop, $27.



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Lamp Love

Still inspired to revamp more lamps? Two great local artists—Becky Garrity and Dan Mauro—offer amazing lamp products. Garrity, a local potter, makes nature-inspired lamps, available at Mud Dauber Pottery. While Mauro, a local artist, makes natural wood lamps and lampshades, available at The Barn Swallow. See more at either or at Wind Wood Design on Etsy. David lives, loves and gardens with his wife and son just south of Charlottesville. For the last eight years, he has also coordinated the Piedmont Virginia Community College community garden.


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Bringing Beauty to Life

Local writer Judy Schenk wears many hats—farmer, mother, wife, co-founder and most recently, author. Her experiences, as well as her personal mandate to always “bring beauty to life,” inspired her to publish her first poetry collection, The Poems of an American Woman. The collection also features stunning photographs by Brittany Schenk Anderson, photojournalist and Schenk’s daughter. The beautiful book design can be attributed to The Farm House Artist in Residence, Stephen Stonestreet.


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Local food truck Mouth Wide Open proprietors Keshia and Justin Wert provided the recipe for this flavorful soup. Serves 6–8. (

1 Cup (or more) tomato juice;

1 Medium onion

2 Peeled tomatoes

1 Green pepper

1 Large cucumber (peeled)

3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

¼ Cup olive oil

Salt & pepper

1 Can consommé (Campbell’s soup)

Water to taste (a cup or more)

1 Clove of garlic

1 Slice of sourdough bread

Combine tomato juice, olive oil and garlic (minced) in food processor or blender. Add tomatoes, onion, green pepper and cucumber (rough cut pieces). Add consommé (undiluted), vinegar and salt & pepper. Blend until smooth but so you can still taste/ identify the veggies. Add more tomato juice and water to taste (you don’t want it too thick or too thin). It’s never the same each time because it depends on the size of vegetables. You may have to add a little more vinegar if you add additional tomato juice. Always taste it and adjust. Add a slice of sourdough last, and blend lightly, so bread is not too fine. Chill at least 4 hours.




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Creating a Special Valentine’s Day Box

Each year I look forward to getting out the treasured Valentine’s Day box my mother made when my sister and I were little. In it, I store valentines I made her as a child, ones she made me, a handful of cards I received in class from my best friends as a little girl, ones that my husband and I have exchanged, and now, of course, the cards that my son has made and received as well. There are bits and pieces of paper-lace doilies, cut-out hearts and stickers that we use each year to make valentines for family, a red paper strand of lace hearts to hang on the mantel, and other treasures that send all the memories flooding back in. It’s a sweet and wonderful feeling to open that box each year, a reminder of the love I’ve known my entire life and the love we, as a family, have now to express to each other every Valentine’s Day. 34

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One of the lovely things about our valentine box is that it was made from an old hat box. This makes it fun to arrange on my entry table with flowers and an apothecary jar that displays those old valentines. It’s also big enough to store our valentine things in, which makes it easy to tuck into storage for next year. If you don’t have a hat box, you can still find old ones in antique or rummage stores, or, like I did here, purchase a new craft box (found at Michaels) that was meant to be decorated. This is a fun project that can be adapted to suit any family – you can make it as complicated or as simple as you like. Cover it in pretty scrapbooking paper, have the kids paint some handmade hearts on it, or decorate it in fabric as my mother did. If you’d like to use fabric or paper, here are some tips on how to do it. Covering a round box may seem daunting, but remember, this is not supposed to look store-bought, so don’t attempt perfection, and you’ll enjoy the process. First, cut the fabric for the top and sides (a strip 2” wider than the

with the string, and cut it at that point. Then mark the string’s half-way point with a marker and tie it to the marker there. Position the skewer at the center of the fabric piece. Then, draw your circle with the pen, being sure to keep both pen and skewer straight, turning together as you draw. (You want to keep the string from wrapping around the skewer, thus shortening the length as it turns.) Practice it first, and you’ll get it. When doing this on fabric, it will help to put something weighty at the corners to keep the fabric in place while you’re drawing. For the sides, roll the box over the fabric, folding the fabric hem over the top of the box and stapling to secure. Glue the lower edge to the bottom of the box. I find Aleene’s Tacky Glue great for this type of project because it’s slow-drying, which leaves room for adjustments, but it’s not slippery like Elmer’s and will hold your fabric folds in place. Do the same for the lid, stapling and/or gluing, then glue some pretty lace around the sides of the box lid. This will hide your folds and create

height of the box and long enough to wrap around it fully). Pinking shears are best to help keep edges from fraying. The quickest method for cutting a perfect circle for the top is to tie some string to a skewer or pencil, measure the diameter that you want your circle to be

a more finished look. Next, if you’d like an opening at the top to slip valentines in, cut one with an Exacto knife. Last, decorate the box with paper doilies, heart stickers, or other special pieces and enjoy.


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Adventures Daytrips to Get the Whole Family Up & Moving


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Are you looking for fun ways to get your family going? These four daytrip destinations will get the family up and active, and show the kids different ways to exercise. Not only are these daytrip destinations fun, but the kids will also realize just how good it feels to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle. From days spent hiking and skiing outdoors to indoor water parks and bounce houses, there is something fun for any kind of day!

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Children can also exercise their

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fun-filled facility combines learning

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throughout the year, and

variety of activities. Open seven days


a week, children of all ages will love several inflatable slides of all shapes

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and sizes for kids ages 4 and above to

there. Kids can climb and crawl through the 50-foot long play structure that hangs from above as they watch their friends play below. For the wee ones, the Toddler Room is the place to be. An enclosed space designed for children ages 3 and younger, this stimulating environment allows them to crawl, climb and slide through equipment made for their tiny stature. Fun is a mainstay at this daytrip destination with countless options for



classes for all ages, kids

the BOUNCE Room. This room houses

your toes. And the fun doesn’t stop

to play their hearts out. For a $2 fee on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in warmer months and weather permitting, customers can climb aboard the trackless train for an exciting ride! Be sure to plan accordingly as the train departs promptly at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Arrive before 11 a.m. during the weekday and enjoy discounted admission for children ages 1 to 3 years old during Toddler Time. Dedicated to parents and their toddlers, this time allows them to enjoy Bounce, Play-n-Create together it in a more tranquil setting.

can indulge in their unique individual talents at one location. Not only can your wee ones enjoy the fun, active experience on a normal day, but the facility offers a range of options to bring the party home with your family. Have a special event coming up? Rent a bounce structure from Bounce, Play-nCreate for all your guests to enjoy. They’ll even deliver the fun and all the supplies needed within a 15-minute radius from their facility to lessen the hassle. Or, host an event at Bounce, Play-n-Create. From birthday parties to church functions and more, your family has an array of opportunities at this active outing.

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play stations. With preschool

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have tricky obstacles to keep you on



stations and other interactive

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Rocky Top Climbing, Charlottesville When you’ve been trapped inside on a cold or rainy day, or are just looking for a fun afternoon adventure for the whole family, something that gets your blood pumping and tests your body’s endurance, strength and mind is just what the doctor ordered. At Rocky Top Climbing, all ages and skill levels can learn the art of rock climbing and navigate their way through complicated rock formations. Before your climbing session, and for just $5, you can sign the family up for a class on

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learning how to belay, a cornerstone

racquetball courts for other active and

of climbing safety, where one partner

engaging ways to get up and moving.

holds the rope of another to prevent

Whether interested in monthly or daily

them from falling. If you don’t have

passes, or equipment rental rates, the

a belay partner to accompany you,

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activity, play a round of racquetball with

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the whole family.

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courses, as is proper hand and foot

One Virginia daytrip destination that

placement. This exercise will teach your

offers year-round options for energetic

body to move in many different ways

fun is Massanutten Resort. Only a short

than it might be used to. In order to

drive will lead you to many activities,

get acclimated to climbing, the family

no matter the weather. Beat the heat

can also take one of the introductory

on a sweltering day or warm up during

technique classes Rocky Top offers. You

the colder winter months at the Indoor

will learn not only how to improve

Waterpark. This complex is constantly

your technique but also the basics of

regulated at a comfortable 84 degrees

navigating a climbing course. Bring the

making it comfortable for families to

family back for more, as Rocky Top

enjoy all year long. Kids and adults can

adjusts their courses weekly.

make their way through the waterpark,

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the family, enjoy the weight room and

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The Blue Ridge Rapids, tube and body slides, and pipeline will have children running from one to the next and back again all day. The Frog Pond—an area complete with miniature slides and other water toys—is great for the young. For some spring and summer daytrip adventures, you won’t want

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way through the vine bridge. This tour will also take you on a net traverse and across a 100-foot zip line. When it comes to catering to the little ones, explore the Kids’ Adventure Course for kids ages 12 and under. This course still

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novice, gliding across 4,250 square feet of ice on a winter afternoon will have anyone engaged. If you’re up for a more fast pace activity, try the resort’s snow tubing. Feel the wind in your face as you slide down 16 lanes of snow at 900 feet in length in this winter adventure. Skiing and snowboarding are also prime aspects of any Massanutten winter. With courses made for any skill level, there is no shortage of fun.

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the Terrain Park sounds right up your alley, check out the park’s Winter

Wintergreen Resort has no shortage of wintertime activities for your whole family to enjoy before the warm months arrive. Take on the slopes at Wintergreen as you ski and snowboard your way down the snow-covered mountains. Bring your own gear or stop by the rental shop to checkout state-of-the-art ski and snowboard rentals. Are you a beginner but want to try your hand at the slopes? Learn from trained staff in group, private or halfday lessons for kids, and you’ll be a pro in no time. For the more experienced and extra adventurous members of the family, the Terrain Park offers a different slope experience. Practice your freestyle skills with features implemented for a variety of skill levels. Freestylers can find tabletops and fun boxes, spines and hips, straight rails, rainbow rails, battleships, down-kinks and s-rails to test their skills. This run contains 40+ features that change regularly, so guests will frequently find something new. If

Terrain Park Series. The whole family can experience the thrills of tubing at The Plunge, Virginia’s largest tubing park. Ten stories high and longer than the length of three football fields, The




down the hill at speeds up to 30 mph. For it’s thrilling and chilling nature, The Plunge has been nicknamed “scream machine” by guests, according to Wintergreen’s website. The Plunge provides all the adventurous fun you could want, but if you are looking for a more laid back kind of activity, check out Shamokin Ice, Wintergreen’s ice skating rink. Located just off of the Blue Ridge Terrace, this ice rink can accommodate 60 people per 90-minute session. Be sure to call and reserve your spot ahead of time. Little ones will definitely enjoy Ridgely’s Fun Park. Open on weekends and holidays, this park is a perfect spot for some snowy fun. Its family-friendly

env i ron ment provides kids with a safe space to play with age appropriate winter activities. Guests will find a minitubing carousel, bear paw snowshoes, tunnels and a gentle hill for tubing. To add to the fun, Ridgely the Bear, the Park’s mascot, even makes frequent guest appearances. Children can play in this area for one-hour sessions, and an adult must accompany visitors under 11 years old. Lindsey is currently studying for two bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Public Relations at JMU. She loves writing and sharing all of the wonderful local offerings in Charlottesville.




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SINGING “CAAAMP” by Madison Stanley

Less Tech, More Fun SOME OF MY FAVORITE CAMP MEMORIES took place in

majority of kids there were of different ages, or weren’t who

the dining hall. We would regularly practice different chants

I normally interacted with or had classes with at school. As a

that were performed on tables, and involved various beats

camper, I could not retreat behind the screen of my phone and

and motions. Sometimes, when one table in the dining hall

text my established friends. I had to meet new people and work

would get going, more tables would join in until the entire

with them on projects and activities every single day. Similarly,

dining hall was in sync. And the feeling from those synced

as a counselor, my breaks were not filled with phone time. I was

experiences—being in the moment, being connected to the

forced to talk to other people, to be present and to be aware. As

group and contributing to something—was indescribable. I

“un-relatable” as scenes in the movie “The Parent Trap” might

could never capture enough moments like that to explain to my

seem, those moments of sitting in a cabin and talking, talking

parents. These were those true “you had to be there” memories.

while walking to a class or while waiting for your food, DO

And, unfortunately, if everyone had been distracted with some

happen at camp. And over the course of six years at summer

form of technology, moments like these probably wouldn’t have

camp, I made some great friendships and, more importantly,


learned how to foster relationships.

As a former camper and camp counselor, I have always

The camp I attended split the campers into eight or so

believed in the power of camp to teach everything from

groups led by teams of teen counselors. These groups were

independence to responsibility. But, today, I think camp is

comprised of kids from different backgrounds, from different

even that more important. With the constant distractions of

parts of the county, of different ages and of a variety of different

devices and communicating via technology, it’s more than

personalities. The counselors leading each team were equally

just irreplaceable fun. Camp, no matter what type, teaches

diverse. The mixed groups allowed for making connections that

connection and community. It fosters an immersive, safe

kids may otherwise not have. Fostering teamwork and team

environment where kids can take off their “cool” facade and

spirit, these teams competed against one another each summer

authentically connect to their environment and peers.

for the spirit stick, and the overall team who won would get to

I certainly had friends who attended 4-H camp, but the

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environment allowed kids to shake the “cool” out of their systems and to blossom with their teams. The counselors modeled this authentic connection every day; they never stepped to the side and pulled out their phones, checking out of the camp world and into the social world. Instead, the counselors filled their time talking to others or playing games, and trying to brainstorm ways that their team could be better at different activities. This ultimately created an authentic environment where campers felt comfortable to let down

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Residential Camps See what the area’s residential camps have to say about themselves! CAMP ALLEGHANY FOR GIRLS LEWISBURG, WV “Steeped in tradition, girls ages 7–16 enjoy the same customs established 96 summers ago. Archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, dance, drama, rifle, ropes, singing, sports and more with emphasis on sportsmanship,

their guards. Disconnecting from phones

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to projects and team goals, which in turn fostered community connection. Everyone was engaged and in the same boat. When the different groups would compete, they would have to create and practice different songs to sing at the campfire, make team signs and

CAMP HIDDEN MEADOWS BARTOW, WV “Camp Hidden Meadows offers one-, two-, three- and four-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7–16, two hours west of Charlottesville. Our camp activities include horseback riding, sailing, arts, white-water rafting, organic farming, drama, dance, mountain boarding, canoeing, backpacking, a climbing wall, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, a 1,000-foot zip line and more. ACA accredited.”

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CAMP HORIZONS HARRISONBURG, VA “Camp Horizons is a premier co-ed, sleepaway camp for campers ages 6–17, located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We provide a safe, supportive community where campers feel comfortable embarking on new adventures and developing friendships that will last a lifetime. ACA accredited since our founding in 1983.” 540-896-7600, See ad page 48 CAMP RIM ROCK YELLOW SPRING, WV “Celebrating 66 seasons, our 2- to 4-week sessions for girls ages 6–16 include horseback riding (ring lessons, trail rides, river rides, stable management), aquatics (swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding), performing arts (dance, drama, chorus), arts and crafts (pottery, drawing, painting), sports (golf, volleyball, soccer, tennis,


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the person we really wanted to be. Throughout the summer, different counties visited the camp for a week. So, while everyone bonded with other county members, we also established ourselves as a county and as coming from a place we were proud of. When the staff would comment about how great we were as a county (which I am sure they said to all groups), we were proud to be from there. Despite the fact that my county was very large and the other side was over an hour away from my house, I was able to find an identity in it. This not only fostered a positive identity but also lead to the kind of connection that supports volunteering and giving back to the community. In an increasingly digital world, it is easy to neglect practicing or even learning how to build friendships and foster connections, but camp provides those opportunities each day. Camp offers a world with minimal situations, if at all, involving stereotypes and the other pressures that may exist in everyday life. Camp allows kids to explore themselves a little more, to pay attention to the people and world around them and to ultimately just be a kid.

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For When You Don’t Know What to Say by Margery D. Rosen

Everyone knows that good communication with our kids is critical, but sometimes—usually when we’re tired, stressed or angry—we can never think of the right thing to say. We get frustrated with their questions, give orders or default to the knee jerk reactions we hated hearing when we were kids (“Because I said so!”).

unabated, add either “The subject is closed,” or “I’m finished talking about this.” If she sulks, wait out the storm, keep calm and carry on. “It’s not fair!” Whether it’s who gets to stay up later or who has to put away all the Legos even though his baby brother dumped them

on the floor, from time to time every child will whine about

Why do we get so flustered?

some gross injustice. You might think that your first response

One very simple reason: These dilemmas are really hard,

should be to logically point out why this is false; you would be

and their solutions are not as simple as they seem, either.

wrong. “No matter how much you explain your reasoning, kids

We may fumble for answers because we still haven’t figured

won’t see it that way,” says Kennedy-Moore. Such harrumphing

out in our own heads and hearts how we feel. What’s more,

could also be code for: “You need to make me feel special.”

parents think they have to provide the perfect answer to every

Wise Words: Empathize with his disappointment, but ignore

question, every time. Many psychologists will advise parents

the griping. You could say, “I’m sorry you feel that way,” or “I

that it is okay and sometimes even better to say, “That’s a really

know you’re upset; when you’re 8, you’ll get to stay up later,

good question. Let me think about it, and we’ll talk later.” Just

too.” Focus on the positive with something like: “Let’s pick out

make sure there is a later.

a book to read before lights out.” Since kids often confuse equal

Not to worry: We’re here to put the right words in your

with fair, say “Fair means that everyone gets what they need at

mouth. Depending on your child’s age and experiences, you can

the time. Over time, it all evens out.” Feel free to paraphrase

tweak these scripts to suit just about every stop-in-your-tracks

Mick Jagger: “We can’t always get what we want, but we all get

question or comment lobbed your way.

what we need.”

“Everyone has a ___; why can’t I?’’

“What if a tornado hits our house?”

Children are fierce negotiators, and there will come a day

It’s hard enough for adults to fathom natural disasters or

when you find yourself in the toy store explaining until you’re

school shootings let alone explain them to a child. Bad news

hoarse that your daughter may want an Elsa My Size Doll

travels fast, making it seem up close and personal. Experts

but she doesn’t need one. “Kids will try to steamroll you by

agree that kids less than 7 years old should be shielded from

repeatedly asking for stuff,” says Wendy Mogel, PhD, author

the media barrage and conversations about a tragedy. They

of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. “They think that if they keep

haven’t lived long enough to know that bad things happen and

pushing you’ll eventually cave in. And too often, we do.”

life goes on. The young ones will be frightened if they sense

Wise words: Be compassionate, not dismissive. Try “I can see


family makes different decisions.” If the whining continues

that you’re frightened, too.

why you want that, but it’s just not something I want to spend

Wise Words: First, piece apart what your child has already

our money on right now,” or “Yes, Jaden has an iPod, but every

heard: “Tell me, what do you know about that?” Then help them

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have overheard you talk about money

tornado [forest fire, hurricane] is going

problems or a lost job and they’re

to come near our house. It won’t. It’s far

honestly worried. Sometimes they ask

away.” But, if it is nearby, Betsy Brown

because they want to be able to buy

Braun, author of Just Tell Me What to Say,

whatever they want, or whatever their

and a child development and behavior

best friend just got.

specialist and parent educator, says “It’s

Wise Words: Since there are different

never okay to lie. But depending on your

ways to respond, find out why he’s

child’s age and maturity, it may be okay

asking. “What do you mean by rich?”

not to tell the whole story.”

will usually prompt a reason. If money

Older kids will most likely know that

is a problem, be honest: “We have to be

a hurricane is headed your way, so don’t

careful not to spend too much money

pretend it isn’t. Still, the message you

right now, but you should not worry.”

need to calmly broadcast is the same:

Tell them how you’re going to handle it:

“I’m in control, and I’ve taken every

“We may not be able to go to Florida this

precaution to keep you safe.” You could

year, but we’ll plan fun things to do right

say, “Everyone—the policemen, firemen,

here at home.” Ask, too, if they have any

teachers and doctors—work hard to keep

ideas about how to save money, such

you safe.” Post a family emergency plan

as sharing toys, taking books out of the

[phone contacts, place to meet in the

library instead of buying them, etc. With

event of an emergency, etc.] where they

older kids, use this as a chance to talk

can see it in the house.

about the importance of working hard and spending money only on things you

“Are we rich?”

can afford. If they press for specifics,

Most young children don’t really

you can say: “We have more money than

know what “rich” means, so don’t be

some people, and less than others.”

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Send each child to his or her room for five

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problem?” Still not happening? Go to your room and close the door. “Works like a charm,” says Brown Braun. “No one likes me.” “This is hard to hear, but don’t go down that rabbit hole with them,” says Robin Berman, MD, author of Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love and Limits. Keep your emotions and memories of your own childhood in check. “Don’t try to talk her out of her feelings, either.” Wise Words:

Dig for more info. Say,

“Tell me about that,” or “What happened




to make you feel that way?” These will help you find out what’s behind her sad report. Was it that no one played with her during recess today or no one ever plays with her? Check with the teacher to make sure you’re getting accurate information as well as to find out if there are things your child may be doing, such as insisting on always being first or interrupting friends when they are talking, that might be alienating other children.

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chunks and look to you for guidance and

feelings with: “That must make you sad




support. It’s best to answer questions

and a little angry, too.” Then throw the

simply and honestly; let them know

resiliency ball back to her: “What do

you’re always available to talk if they

you think you can do about this?” This

have more (and they will). If Grandma

will get her thinking about her own

is beginning treatment for a serious


illness, tell kids under the age of 5: “We hope Grandma will live a long time. We

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“Is grandma going to die?”

never know for sure but the doctors are

“A child’s reaction to serious illness

taking good care of her.” If Grandma has

or death depends a great deal on his age,

a fatal illness, say: “Grandma has cancer.

temperament and life experiences,” says

Some kind of cancer can be treated, but

Kennedy-Moore. “Children don’t fully

she has the kind that can’t be fixed and

understand the finality of death until

she may die.” If she has already passed

they’re about 9.” Preschoolers may think:

away, try: “Grandma stopped breathing

Grandma isn’t here now, but we’ll see

and her body stopped working. That

her at Thanksgiving. At 5 years old, they

happens when you are very old.” Add

may be preoccupied with minute details,

that everything that is alive—animals,

such as “What’s she going to wear?” They

plants, trees—die when they are old.

may also appear to blithely ignore what

Be prepared for the next question: “Are

you’re saying.

you going to die?” Reassure them with:

Wise words: Brown Braun points out

“I am not going to die…for a very long

that children process grief in bite-sized

time. I take good care of myself and I

will always be your mommy.” What about an accidental or untimely death? “She was in a car accident and her body was

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Drawing Their World Regents School 6th Graders Recreate One Continent at a Time


February 2017

words by Jackie Jamison photos by Sarah Hazelgrove

When I visit the Regents School of

song about the provinces of Canada.

Charlottesville’s sixth grade class, my

One by one, classmates joined in, until

mind briefly flashes to the game show

the entire sixth grade was singing the

“Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” I’m

provinces of Canada in operatic unison to

definitely not smarter than these sixth

an audience of bemused fifth graders.

graders though. Twelve of the students

“Children aren’t truly educated unless

are spread out around the room with

they know where they are in the world,

silence so complete that I can hear the

and where everyone else is,” Maley

faint rustle of papers. But what amazes

says. In fact, her passion for the project

me most is what I see when I look closer—

runs so deep that she bargained for it

each sixth grader is creating a world

when she was offered the job at Regents

map…from memory. And these aren’t the

School. Through this project, she sees her

slap-dash squiggles I could create if I sat

students practice discipline and attention

down to this same project. They are large,

to detail, and she sees their ability to

precise and beautiful maps, labeled with

contribute to the great discussions of our

everything from countries to rivers and

society. Perhaps more importantly, she


sees how it expands their hearts and their

The students’ maps are so large that they work in the agora, named after the

prayers for the churches throughout the whole world.

public meeting spaces in ancient Greek

So at the end of the school year, every

towns that were the center of civic life.

student is given a blank poster board,

The Regents School agora doubles as

with which they spend an hour a day

cafeteria and library, and is decorated

for two weeks making their maps. In an

with beautiful gold script outlining the

effort to not distract or fog the students’

school’s motto, “Soli Deo Gloria.” The

minds, the room where they sit in silence

Latin motto, meaning “Glory to God

has blank and bare walls.

Alone,” sums up the school’s classical Christian approach well.

Students rise to the challenge, too. Maley has had students correctly sketch

Megan Maley, the fearless leader of

the boundaries of all 50+ countries in

the sixth grade mapmakers, makes her

Africa, and even remember the Falkland

job look deceptively easy. Her persistent

Islands. “Each map is so lovely. The

smile and quiet demeanor doesn’t hinder

students are not only drawing a map but

her reputation as one of excellence and

also creating a work of art that reflects

rigor, in addition to grace. “Drawing the

their own personality. It is a delight to see

world map is the perfect culmination

their image of the world,” she says.

of grammar school,” she says. “By sixth

Kimberly Smith, a mother of three—

grade, students are trained to remember

Virginia, seventh grade; Grace, fifth

facts. But instead of reciting them back,

grade; and Jackson, fourth grade—has

they are actually creating them back.”

been at the school for three years. “We

Her class goes region by region throughout




chose Regents School because we wanted


a Christ-centered education and a more

countries, capitals, oceans, rivers and

traditional learning environment,” she

mountain ranges. But the difference

says. “We wanted a school with teachers

between this class and the geography

that have high expectations for the

classes I took when in school is her

students’ conduct and academics where

students are taught to memorize all of

our children would be encouraged to

the features. A technique they use is

excel to reach their God given potential.”

learning songs for each region. Maley

One aspect of the school that has stood

tells me of a remarkable scene that

out to Smith is how much her children

recently happened in the lunchroom.

love learning. “They come home excited

A sixth grader overheard someone say

to tell me what they are studying or to

“Manitoba” and launched into the class

have further discussions about what they


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end of the year we researched countries and wrote reports on them while baking foods from those places.” The dual focus on world geography and learning about diverse cultures, with speakers from around the world, only intensifies students like Virginia’s love to learn. Smith observed another benefit from the map project as well, “My daughter grew not only in her knowledge of the world and its cultures but also in confidence.” She also loved the way Maley drew the class together, where students

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education as a progression, also evident in the school’s geography curriculum. “The grammar school years when young children excel in observation and memory focus on learning the factual foundations of subjects,” she says. “They have true delight in learning through recitation, song and direct instruction.” The middle school years, “the logic school” or when students




their world, emphasize logic and debate. And the high school years, “the rhetoric school,” focuses on creative thinking and effective expression by learning and imitating great writing and speech. Older




much of what goes on in a Regents School classroom. My mother is delighted that her grandchildren will learn the Gettysburg





just as she did. Grammar was passé when I went to school, but my kids are systematically learning the parts of language and teaching me to conjugate sentences. Through discussions at home, our children are better able to not only learn but also remember. Although my kids are too young to experience Maley’s class, I still see Regents School’s special integration of rigor and faith daily in the emphasis of character and virtue, and the eagerness of my kids to share what they’re learning. My son, who spent his first two years at another school, notes how much harder Regents School is and doesn’t want to go anywhere else. My daughter loves school so much that she occasionally complains when it’s Saturday. That, to me, is music to my ears.

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{until next time humorous reflections} I Used to Be Cute, Too

by Rick Epstein

“So, what’s your plan for the evening?” I asked Brandon, the high school senior who stood in our living room, dutifully meeting the parents. I meant the question to sound ambiguous, not that I really expected him to give me a sly wink and outline a scenario of romance for me. “I thought we’d rent a movie and then go back to my house and watch it,” he said, reasonably enough.

I have to admit Brandon made good eye contact and had a firm handshake. He has a reputation for being devoutly religious and fervently anti-drug. But my source for that information is Wendy, a girl who mixes fact and fiction like a bartender creating exotic drinks. We waited up for her, and at the stroke of 11 Wendy flew into the house like she’d been popped out of a champagne bottle. She told us, “Out in the car, Brandon

“Will there be any old people there?” I asked. “Oh yes,” he said, smiling and holding up two fingers. “Two parents.” I wanted a phone number to confirm that, but decided not to insult him by asking for it. My wife asked another question to which he knew the right answer, “Are you a careful driver?” “Oh yes,” Brandon said soothingly. “Very careful.” “OK,” I said grudgingly. “Can you have her home by 11?” “No problem,” he said, then he and my 16-year-old daughter Wendy said goodbye and ran down the front walk like they’d just lit a fuse. But when they drove away, there was no shower of gravel. “He’s cute!” said my wife. “I used to be cute, too,” I replied bitterly. If it weren’t February and time for my annual Valentine Report, I’d just as soon skip this entire topic. Young love gets old fast when you have three daughters. This was Wendy’s first date with a boy who drives, and I’m not liking it. Up until now, Wendy’s social life has been without privacy. I’d deliver her to someone’s house and get a responsible adult to take a blood oath to monitor the suspect until my return. Or Wendy would entertain in our living room—a central hub you have to pass through to get practically anywhere in the house. It’s as public a place as you’re liable to find in a home. Social historians say the automobile changed America’s “courtship patterns,” and now that includes Wendy.

said, ‘I think your parents like me. Should I come in and say goodnight?’ I told him, ‘Don’t over-do it.’ Then he goes, ‘C’mere a second,’ and he gave me a little kiss.” She was as happy and breathless as if she’d just won the Kentucky Derby. The situation forces me to remember a romance that I perpetrated about a thousand years ago, when I was a high school senior with full access to my stepmother’s Pontiac Tempest, which was underpowered but roomy. Kathy was a freshman who was active in church and 4-H. “Have her home by 10,” said her sad-eyed father at the outset of our first date. “How about 11?” I countered. “Ten-thirty,” the old man said wearily. Whenever I took Kathy to a movie or a basketball game, I would pad the schedule with at least 30 minutes of off-the-radar parking time. Looking back, I’m glad to say that we never got much past kissing. But Kathy deserves all the credit. One night driving home from her house, I was so preoccupied that I made the four-mile trip with the parking brake on. I smelled something burning, but I thought it was hormonal. After four months, Kathy and I realized that the only thing we really had in common was my desire, so we broke up. When our inning of the Game of Life ended, our relationship was a mercifully unscored run that died halfway between first and second base. We both moved on, me more quickly than she. So if you like justice, there’s plenty of it in my current thankless role as father of a hot chick. It’s like being reincarnated as a skunk after living a wicked life. It’s totally fair, but it still stinks.

I have to admit Brandon made good eye contact and had a firm handshake.


A Dad’s Humorous Reflections

February 2017

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