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volume 17 issue 5

Just Between Us…


Dear Friends, Long before foraging became a hot foodie trend, my parents were teaching us about “the good stuff.” The biggest, juiciest wild blackberries grew near our cousin’s house, and we’d often pick together and have a picnic. The berries were plentiful enough most years that we would have enough for pies, even after feasting all afternoon while we worked and played. Exploring the woods often meant bringing home a basket of delicious morel mushrooms, or a spring walk along the sunny railway bed would yield volunteer asparagus, which made for a tasty dinner. In the fall, there were nuts to pick up and hull, too (nothing beats a chocolate chip cookie made with rich black walnuts!). Of course, we always enjoyed the fun of the hunt outdoors and discovering the wonders of nature, but the eating was certainly the best part of all—even when it wasn’t quite a gourmet delight like the aforementioned favorites. Early every summer, we’d harvest the goodies from the mulberry tree to eat on some ice cream or with our cereal. If we were particularly dedicated, we would pull out sheets to catch what fell from shaking the tree, and we just might get enough for Mom to help us make little personal-sized pies. Mom was the best for teaching us the many ways to enjoy our discoveries! We thought we were clever to be able to feed ourselves, what with it being “our” tree and “our” hard work. Reality was that those mulberries were messy, seedy, stemmy and not particularly delicious. But, as Mom would say, it kept us out of trouble. Carrying on the custom, I’ve taught my family how to find a few edibles in nature. There is a mulberry tree in our backyard—perfect for finding a little snack even. But our standby is still the many local berry farms. It is our favorite, and most delicious, spring tradition. Happy Mother’s Day!

may 2016

Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Peter D. Bethke SENIOR EDITOR Sarah Pastorek ONLINE EDITOR Mandy Reynolds INTERN Elizabeth Morgan GRAPHIC DESIGN Cristan Keighley Barbara Tompkins ADVERTISING SALES Susan Powell, Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz, Brandi Washburn CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Megan Davis, Lisa Ellison, Rick Epstein, Tracey Crehan Gerlach, Dionna L. Mann, Laura Merricks, Whitney Woollerton Morrill, Laura Morris, Danielle Sullivan, Lynn Thorne ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER Denise Simmerman SALES ASSISTANT Caitlin Morris DISTRIBUTION Ray Whitson

CharlottesvilleFamily™ Magazine and™ are published jointly by Ivy Publications, LLC. CharlottesvilleFamily. com™ is published weekly online at www.CharlottesvilleFamily. com, 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 ©2016. All rights reserved.

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Contents TABLE OF


News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8 Do you give your child melatonin to help them sleep?



Prioritize Your Time Mindful Parenting 28 Social Sensitivity


Together Is Better 38

Building Lacrosse Spirit One Player at a Time

Snapshot 10 Suz Slezak, Musician & Mom

Healthy Family 30 Healthy Body Image

Trains, Planes & Automobiles 48 Transportation Family Daytrips

Our Schools 14

Young Authors Use Their Own Voices

Out & About Calendar 16

Mother’s Day Special Section 54

Editor’s Pick!

May Activities & Events for Families

I hope all Mothers have a happy and healthy Mother’s Day with their families! In honor of you, we hope you enjoy our special section beginning on page 54.

Daytrips 22 Berry Picking Fun!

A Special Letter From Our Essay Contest Winner & A Sweet Recipe to Spoil Mom

Car Seat Safety 64

Local Resources For Keeping Your Precious Cargo Safe


Summer Camp Quicklist 42

Find the Perfect Camp 2016 Pregnancy Guide 56 Local Resources for Parents-to-Be

Tips & Trends 32 Fabulous Finds and Fun Home & Garden 34 Deliciously Spiced

UNTIL NEXT TIME Taking On Mom 70 A Dad’s Humorous Reflections

15 So Love This! “I love the Berry Picking Guide every spring. It’s not only a fun and tasty outing but also a great way to support our local businesses.” — Caitlin, sales assistant



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Bumble’s “My Little Artist” Contest see page 58 Our winners took home a Family 4-Pack to Amazement Square and 2 Dozen Carpe Donuts...yum!! Sponsored by

Next Month’s Bumble “Dad & Me Look-Alike” Contest

2nd Graders Learn Global Citizenship Earlier this year, Paul H Cale Elementary School second graders were so inspired by their student teacher Caroline Porter and her volunteer work at a school in Nepal that they began connecting with some students there. On United Way Day of Caring, they raised $200 in pennies, nickels and dimes for doing various good deeds. Porter used the money to purchase books for Kopila Valley School students when she returned back to Nepal after Christmas and will be returning to the U.S. this May. With her Cale students showing great interest in her time spent in Nepal, Porter saw it as a great opportunity to teach them more about global citizenship. You can view a video with some clips from Nepal at


May 2016

In honor of Father’s Day this June, send us a picture for a chance to win great prizes! Whether its an adorable dual selfie or a mom-coordinated outfit, we want to see it in Bumble’s “Dad & Me Look Alike” contest! This is our last Shutterbee contest of the season as we take summer off for Bumble’s Summer Giveaways. See you next fall, but keep snapping, Shutterbees! Here’s How to Enter June’s Contest: Submit by May 8th, then vote on your favorites until the 15th! Visit or see our website Sponsored by

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New SAT Test Marking one of the biggest changes in 30 years, a newly-revamped SAT test will be available to students testing into University programs. The test’s improvements debuted in March, which included quite a few noteworthy changes. Not only is the projected time it takes to complete the SATs reduced but also the penalty for guessed answers has been eliminated, the essay has become optional and the scoring range has been altered from 6002400 to 400-1600. The new test will more closely resemble the ACT, a shorter exam with an optional essay. The College Board’s goal with these changes is to curve the test to be more “relevant” to each student’s future success rather than limit it.

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Pinwheel Gardens Pinwheels for Prevention

In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, ReadyKids once again sought to bring the community together with the 6th annual pinwheel garden planting. Since 2008, pinwheels have been deemed the national symbol for honoring all children’s chances at great childhoods, turning awareness into action through Pinwheels for Prevention®. At the beginning of April,

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Mayor Mike Signer, spoke about the ways we all can keep kids safe. As a reminder of the prevalence of child abuse in the area, the pinwheels planted in ReadyKids’ facility’s playground symbolize hope, health and safety.


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TOWN Do you give your child melatonin to help them sleep?

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33% say “yes” 67% say “no” “I use this to help my son with ADHD settle down at night, and it works wonders!” Single mother of a very active 11-year-old boy

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Kim, Keswick, Mother of three boys

Mother of two girls

“I think it is important to have kids on a schedule at an early age so no sleep aids are needed in the future.”

Katherine, Keswick

“My kids are very active during the day, so usually by nighttime they are ready for sleep. Although melatonin is natural, I don’t see any need to use it.”

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“After reaching out to our family doctor, he suggested giving our 9-year-old son child-friendly melatonin for about a month to help him get back to a normal sleeping schedule. Low and behold, it helped us all get a better night’s rest.”

“It is not helpful in the long term, as the body then doesn’t produce its own melatonin.”

Mom of four, Earlysville

“We resisted for a long time, but it just helps so much!”

Mom of two, Charlottesville

Visit to answer next month’s question:

“Are chores shared fairly in your family?”

Empowering Girls Through Strength Charlottesville native and UVA alumnae Ashley Berrang recently developed a program to empower girls ages 6 to 14. Free for girls, We Choose Strength provides a series of mind, body and heart challenges, including recipes, workouts, volunteer and entrepreneurial ideas—supporting the philosophy that “Life is Full of Choices.” Following the challenges, girls write to their strength leader and enter for chances to win prizes and shout outs. Berrang has also included ways for parents and college or high school girls to become involved in the mission by becoming an ambassador, serving as a strength role model and following the adult blog BeStrong. BeLoving.BeWell. To learn more, visit

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New School Bus Camera Legislation

Jennifer M. Dixon, DDS, MS

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

In an effort to promote positive and safe behavior, a recently passed legislation now allows localities to mail summonses to those disregarding stopped school buses. Rather than the prior legislation only permitting summonses to be hand delivered, the Virginia General Assembly’s newly passed legislation permits the $250 traffic summon to be mailed to vehicle owners. Footage from bus-mounted automated cameras will be sent to a central location where Albemarle police can view and verify violations based on the evidence. Prime spots of concern revolve around Rio Road, U.S. 29 and stops on Hydraulic Road, where daily occurrences have been noted by police of drivers ignoring stopped school buses.

Aaron J. Stump, DDS

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry Specialists Nitrous Oxide, Mild and IV Sedation Services Compassionate and Nurturing Doctors and Staff Kid-friendly, State-of-the-Art Office Parental Participation Encouraged

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Dr. Dixon now seeing patients at Spring Creek!

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SNAPshot written & photographed by Laura Merricks

Suz Slezak Musician & Mom

Suz Slezak and husband David Wax became the band David Wax Museum

What is your favorite time of the week with your family?

nearly a decade ago. With the birth of daughter, Calliope, Slezak applied her

Our weeks are each so different with our touring lifestyle, so we

songwriting and fiddling to her first solo album of lullabies, “Watching the

don’t really have a weekly routine we can count on. But there is a

Nighttime Come,” and she’s playing a solo show June 18 at the Southern

magical moment when we first arrive home after a few weeks or

Café & Music Hall, featuring lullabies from the album. Adding a child

months on the road. Even our 2-year-old gets the familiar surge

into what has now been seven years of life on tour has its beauties and

of adrenaline, “It’s our very own house full of things we love! Our

complications. “Touring is an inspiring, exhausting, all-consuming and

favorite books! Our favorite pots to cook with! Our own bed!” It’s

joyful endeavor, as is parenting,” she says. “From what I hear on the street,

become a feeling we relish.

parenting is intense no matter where you are.” If you had a 25-hour day, what would you do with that extra Being a musician allows Slezak to realize her dream of work and


family connectedness, travel, simple living and the energy that

Sleep! Isn’t that what every mom says? I’d like that hour between

comes from performing. But she says, “Any job that has no set

3 and 4 a.m. We’re finally in bed after a show, the sun hasn’t risen

hours and no set paycheck is in need of constant re-evaluation,

and our daughter is still asleep. Those hours are short when we’re

especially now that we are parents.” When she cuddles her little

touring. An extra one would be a miracle.

one to sleep in the small bed built into their touring van and then hops on stage for that evening’s performance, she’s convinced it’s

What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate into

still a healthy and sustainable life.

your parenting? They opened their home to all sorts of people when we were kids. It

Do you have advice for parents of budding musicians?

was rare that someone wasn’t staying in our guest room for weeks,

I’m torn between starting kids early with lessons and waiting to let

or months, or seasons at a time. The boundary between family

them find it themselves. I started piano lessons when I was four

and friends was very thin. Because we tour with our daughter, it’s

and violin lessons when I was seven. Others in our band came to

important that everyone in the touring party—the musicians, the

music on their own in their teens. For them, music is still something

crew—also feel like family.

they love and own. For me, it’s something I’ve always known. Like reading or breathing, I can’t remember life without it. So as a parent myself, I’m completely stumped!

Laura is a local freelance photographer, writer and mom of three amazing kids.


May 2016


Camryn shared her love for CharlottesvilleFamily by making the heart cookies from the February issue! We love that!!

Covenant’s Shim Commits to UVA Although Covenant sophomore Lizzy Shim first picked up a field hockey stick a little over three years ago, she will be joining the UVA team in the fall of 2018. Shim began training with the field hockey team the summer after her seventh grade year and immediately fell in love with the sport. It didn’t take her long to decide that her dream was to play Division I field hockey. She began her career on defense, but she quickly moved up to the important center midfield position when she was only a freshman. Shim firmly believes that as her knowledge and understanding of the game grows, her skills grow as well. Although Shim admits she tried to look at other schools, growing up a Charlottesville native, she couldn’t resist the chance to play at UVA. With the spring signing period here, Shim was joined by many local athletes who also signed with various colleges, such as Woodberry Forest’s Lindell Stone, who recently committed to UVA’s football team. To cheer on the ‘Hoos all year-long, check their schedules at

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{our town community} BIZ BITS Now Open The Elements of Hot Yoga on Greenbrier Drive is now open. Miss April’s Preschool, LLC, an in-home preschool, is opening in Northern Albemarle County. Contact: Relay Foods opened a new pickup location at Toddsbury of Ivy every Friday from 3-7 p.m. TreadHAPPY on 8th Street NW debuts as Charlottesville’s first treadmill studio. Zoom Indoor Cycling is now open at Barracks Road Shopping Center beside Buffalo Wild Wings.

Relocations Balance Chiropractic has relocated into the old Lumber building off of Preston Avenue.

The Women’s Legal Group Law from a Woman’s Point of View

Express Employment Professionals has also relocated into the old Lumber building beside Balance Chiropractic.

Closings Kane Furniture on West Main Street is closing after 53 years. The University of Virginia Health System is buying the building for office space.

Announcements Bruce Boucher, director at UVA’s The FAMILY MATTERS • Separation Agreement • No-Fault & Contested Divorce • Child Support & Custody • Collaborative Divorce • Consumer Protection • Wills & Adoptions • Bankruptcy

ARRESTS & TRAFFIC INJURY & DISABILITY • Criminal Defense • Personal Injury • Sex Crimes • Workers’ Compensation & Homicide Charges • Social Security Disability • Student “Crimes” • Automobile Accident • DUI & Traffic Tickets • Medical Malpractice • Brain Injury

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May to become director of the Sir John Soane Museum in London. Jason Crutchfield from Henley middle school has been appointed as Brownsville’s new principal, effective



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Louisa County Teacher Runs with A Purpose Kate Fletcher, an English teacher at Louisa County High School, spent an entire school day in April running to raise money. In an effort to help fund a new senior scholarship and the Lions Roar, the high school’s newspaper, Fletcher set off around the old high school’s track shortly after the start of the school day. Local businesses supported the English teacher, and students and teachers took their turns cheering her on

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all day long. The culinary classes made energy bars, the band stopped by throughout the day, gym classes joined her for a few laps around the track and math classes calculated her running time. As a final hurrah to a day of excitement, the entire school ran alongside Fletcher for one final victory lap. In just seven hours, Fletcher ran over 35 miles and raised approximately $5,000 from local businesses and individuals.

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Young Authors Use Their Own Voices Each year, teachers from all over Central Virginia look forward to the Virginia Festival of the Book. The festival is

and-take is engaging, spirited and highly motivational. Students sharpen their reading skills with nonfiction

a wonderful opportunity to engage students in learning

text and learn how to think creatively and analytically,

about creativity, passion, research and the joy of sharing

how to fact-check, how to organize and how to compose

important ideas with an audience.

their thoughts around a specific idea. Most of all, they

At Scottsville Elementary School, we’ve added to this

learn how to connect with others. That’s what the

experience with our own Authors Celebration. Following

Authors Celebration is all about. At Lane Auditorium,

the festival, we bring around 28 new authors to Lane

we invite parents, grandparents and other special guests

Auditorium in Charlottesville to share their latest work.

to visit each of our 28 authors, who proudly read and

While the finished products vary in style and story, our

discuss their book with their guests.

authors share one thing in common—they all are in the first grade. Each year, we couple our celebration with another

When we began the program six years ago, we had a specific purpose in mind. We hoped that by giving students some choice in the classroom, by adding a bit of

part of our curriculum, the study of wild animals. We

fun to the process and by energizing their creativity, we

asked students to choose an animal that intrigued them

could improve their learning both in school and at home.

(rhinos were popular, but lemurs and sloths?). We work

One measure supports our efforts. Over the past

with them on using library tools and resources, both in

three years, the pass rates for Scottsville students on the

our library and online, to research all the relevant facts

state-mandated Standards-of-Learning (SOL) reading

about their choice, including habitat, diet, offspring,

tests have climbed from 62 percent to 79 percent and,

habits and lifestyle. Our first-graders create a nonfiction

now, are at 90 percent.

book using their selected animal as the central character.

We have seen similar improvements in our SOL

Students edit each other’s work, make revisions, add

scores in other subject areas as well, reflecting how we

illustrations and arrive at a final copy to share.

are adapting curriculum to real world, individualized

A highlight in this process is the visit of local authors

experiences. While our Authors Celebration showcases

to our school. Our young writers eagerly ask questions

the remarkable learning of our students, it reminds us

and learn about how a story comes together. The give-

that education does not always have to be by the book.

Laura teaches first-grade at Scottsville Elementary School. She is completing her 23rd year as a teacher, the past 20 years serving the Scottsville Community. She and her family live in Albemarle County, and her three children attended county public schools.


May 2016

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Charlottesville Family Bloom Magazine Wins National Awards CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom magazine won four awards of excellence—one gold and three silver in the editorial and design categories—at the Parenting Media Association’s (PMA) annual convention in April. An international trade association of regional parenting publications, the PMA recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design. Prof. Daryl Moen of the well-respected University of Missouri’s School of Journalism coordinated the annual contest. A panel of expert judges reviewed entries from many publications stretching around the globe from Seattle to Australia to choose the winners in each category.

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CharlottesvilleFamily’s 2015 Awards included: Gold: Calendar of Events, Editorial Silver: Profile, Editorial Silver: Special Section, Design Silver: Brief/Short Stuff, Editorial



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Now–June 1, 9am-5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens See a succession of breathtaking blooms that color the landscape with beauty. Enjoy entertaining activities, exhibits and family events. 804-262-9887,

MAY 2016

Watch our facebook page for upcoming sweepstakes and giveaways! CharlottesvilleFamily

Virginia Renaissance Faire

Heart of Virginia Festival

May 7, 9am at Downtown Farmville Family-oriented event including arts, crafts, food, 10k run and 5k walk, bands, an antique car show, face painting, magic shows, artisans and more. 395-2744,

Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival

May 7–8, 10am–5pm at Claudius Crozet Park Live music, entertainment, food, artists and craftspeople showcasing their work for sale. 326-8284,

Montpelier Wine Festival

May 7–8, 11am–5pm at James Madison’s Montpelier The best wineries in Central VA come to one place for family fun and tastings. Arts and crafts, food and children’s entertainment all day. 540-672-5216,

May 14–15 & 28–29, 9–11am at Chiles Peach Orchard Delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping. Stroll our farm market for fruit and local gift items. 823-1583,

VA Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase

National Public Gardens Day

May 6, 9am–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Enjoy free tours of historic Bloemendaal House. 804-262-9887,

Berrylicious Pancake Breakfast

May 7–June 5, Saturdays & Sundays, 10am–5pm at Lake Anna Winery Artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, children’s area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. 703-508-5036,

Batesville Day 2016

May 14, 8am–12pm at Batesville 41st annual celebration with a 10K race, the biggest little parade, a village fair with a firsttime-ever tug-of-war, games and free books for the kids. 540-456-7321,

Festival of Cultures

May 14, 10am–4pm at Lee Park International music and dance performances, cultural exhibits, kids’ hands-on activities, artisan crafts, delicious ethnic food and more. 245-2817,

May 15, 12–5pm at James Monroe’s Highland A celebration of traditional music, food and crafts. Charlottesville Wine & Country Living is a proud sponsor of this event. 924-3296,

Dolley Madison’s 248th Birthday

May 20, 9am–5pm at James Madison’s Montpelier Celebrate the anniversary of Dolley Madison’s birthday with special tours and cupcakes. Per tradition, those named Dolley receive complimentary admission. 540-672-2728

Crozet Car Show

May 21, 9am at Old Village Trail A community event to bring together car enthusiasts while helping to support local charities. The 2016 charity is The Albemarle County Police Foundation. 823-8100,

Strawberry Festival

May 21, 7am at Downtown Stanardsville Enjoy strawberries while listening to great gospel music, enjoying face painting, craft booths, an antique car show, local cloggers and square dancers, or participate in the 5k run/walk. 985-6158,

Middle Fork Farm Strawberry Fest

May 21, 10am–6pm at Middle Fork Farm, Scottsville Celebrate the opening of Cunningham Creek Winery at Middle Fork Farm (opening summer 2016). Bring your own picnic, pick your own sustainably grown berries, taste wine and listen to live music by the creek. 591-6666,

24th Annual Monacan Indian Powwow

May 21–22, 10am–6pm at Knight’s Inn See dancers, drummers and craftspeople as they celebrate and share their heritage. There will be painters, carvers, basketmakers and great food. 946-0389,

Montpelier Wine Festival 16

May 2016

May 7–8 | 11am–5pm. See above.

Blues, Brews & BBQ

May 27–30 at Wintergreen Resort Welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains including micro-brew festival, blues music, an arts and craft fair, block party and more. 325-8180,



2825 COLA WOODS LANE • $939,000 Stunning custom, all brick home offers two master suites, oak floors, stainless appliances, custom cabinetry, lots of storage in the kitchen, huge deck and 3-car garage. Beautifully finished terrace level that includes custom built-in shelves, media room, fireplace, bedroom and full bathroom. Mollie Krebs (434) 284-2951. MLS# 544874

8166 WEST END DRIVE • $595,000 Oversized sunny corner lot. Gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets and granite countertops opens to lightfilled family room. Spacious Master bedroom with walk-in closet. 3 additional bedrooms. Fenced backyard and deck for outdoor entertaining. Two-car detached garage. Marcela Foshay (540) 314-6550. MLS# 544777

Strawberry Fest

May 28 at Liberty Mills Farm Sample everything strawberry, visit with local vendors and participate in fun contests. Strawberry picking while supply lasts. 882-6293,

Art in the Park

May 28–29, 12–5pm at Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton A two-day festival of quality artwork, live music and a variety of food vendors, as well as a children’s art activity area. 540-885-2028,


Patrick Henry’s 277th Birthday

May 29 at the Patrick Henry Memorial at Red Hill, Brookneal Celebrate Patrick Henry’s birthday by visiting his home and eating complimentary cake. 376-2044,

Graves Mountain Festival of Music

June 2–4 at Graves Mountain Lodge Enjoy live music, food and more with the family. 540-923-4231,

756 CLUB DRIVE • $1,395,000

SPORTS & OUTDOORS Bowl for Kids’ Sake

This expansive, one-level brick home constructed by Rinehart offers a light-drenched, open floor plan with premium, tasteful finishes throughout. Slate roof, 3 fireplaces, 3-car garage, wonderful covered porch for outdoor entertaining, ultra-luxe master bath & walk-in closet, all 7 bathrooms are marble or subway & herringbone tile. The current owners added an elegant boxwood garden & hardscaping at the front of the home. 756 Club Drive defines understated elegance and is just a 3-minute walk to the pools, tennis courts, golf club house & hotel (with Fossett’s Restaurant & Full Cry Pub). 10 minutes to Downtown Charlottesville. MLS# 545670



409 RIDGE STREET • $799,000 Custom with 10’ ceilings, gourmet kitchen and a fabulous great room flanked by a wall of windows. His and Her studies with mountain views are found on the third floor. A one bedroom garden apartment with hip urban finishes produces an added income stream. Lindsay Milby (434) 962-9148. MLS# 543629

3076 HYDE PARK PLACE • $1,675,000 Outstanding custom home on arguably one of the nicest lots in Glenmore. 1st floor master, 5 fireplaces, finished walk-out basement, theater room, and a golf cart garage. Outstanding winter mountain views, as well as a year-round view down to the Rivanna River. Sally Neill (434) 531-9941. MLS# 543467

May 5, 6:30–9:30pm at AMF Kegler Lanes Black-light bowling, 80’s music, a silent and live auction and more. Proceeds will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge. 244-0882,

26th Annual Discovery Dash

May 7, 7:45–10am at Monticello High School A morning of great family exercise and funfilled races for kids. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor of this event. 977-1025,

Band on the Run 5K

May 7, 8am at Charlottesville High School The course will take runners and walkers of all ages on an easy, scenic course. Proceeds will benefit the CHS Band and X-Country programs.

Run and Remember 5K

May 7, 8am at Keswick Hall A family-friendly 5K Run/Walk to benefit Hospice of the Piedmont. 825-0296,


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Artist Exhibitors Food, Beer, & Wine Children’s Activities Craft Demonstrations Live Music & More!

Middle Fork Farm Strawberry Fest Fluvanna County Old Farm Day

May 7, 9am–4pm at Pleasant Grove Park Displays of historic farm equipment, demonstrations by craftsmen, educational activities for kids, music and food. Proceeds benefit the Fluvanna Historical Society. 390-1218,


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May 2016

May 14–15 & 21–22, 12–6pm at Fry’s Spring Beach Club Come try the three pools and see the 7 acres of grounds before it officially opens Memorial Day weekend. All welcome.

Relay For Life

May 20, 6pm at Charlottesville High School Team-based walk-a-thon to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Family-friendly fun, games and entertainment are planned for all participants. 978-7423,

Blue Ridge Soap Box Classic

Mimi’s Run 5K

Red Hill 5K

May 14 at Red Hill Elementary School Multiple races; first race starts at 7:45am. Prizes for winners, raffle prizes and snacks. 293-5332,

Rivanna River Canoe & Kayak Races

May 14, 8:30am at Route 29N Bridge, Charlottesville A 6.2-mile downriver race for all paddler classes. 975-3072,

UMS Reservoir Run

Claudius Crozet Park

Open House

May 8, 11am Worldwide A global women’s cycling day to honor the past, celebrate the present, empower the future of women in cycling.

May 14, 7:30am at Downtown Waynesboro Each year, young competitors in the Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby race down Main Street in hopes of winning this exciting race. 540-649-1507,

MAY 7&8

May 21 | 10am–6pm. See page 16.

May 14, 8:30am at University Montessori School A fun and manageable kids race, followed by the 5k. This scenic course travels down beautiful Reservoir Road. 977-0583,

Kids Go Fish Weekend

May 14–15, 6am–9pm at Saunders-Monticello Trail Pond Kids ages 16 and under will be allowed to fish the Pond. Bring your own equipment. Adults must accompany children. Parkway rangers will be on-hand. 984-9800,

May 21, 8:30am at Trump Winery Every dollar raised will go directly to the UVA Heart and Vascular Center, and efforts to discover new and better medications and therapies for cardiovascular diseases. 989-6715,

Swans Synchronized Swimming Show

May 22, 6:30pm at Fairview Swim & Tennis Club Come out to see the award-winning local team perform in a water show celebrating generations of music. 249-1236,

Ramblin’ Rabbit 5k

May 28, 7:30am at PVCC Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club. Proceeds will benefit the new Brooks Family YMCA and the Blue Ridge Mountain Rotary Club Foundation.

Keswick Hunt Club 5k

May 28, 5pm at Castalia Farm, Keswick Fun Kids’ Mile or Kids’ Scramble for the young ones. A complimentary hunt breakfast & wine tasting by Barboursville Vineyards for adults after the 5k. 296-9405,

LEARNING FUN Yoga Poga Shmoga Reading & Signing

May 6, 5:30pm at Bend Yoga Written by wellness advocate Sonia Jones, and illustrated by artist Todd Dakins, this tale dives headfirst into the power and fun of yoga for children. 296-2363,

Who Done It?

May 6, 6pm at Central Library Was it Miss Scarlet in the dining room with the candlestick? Help solve the mystery in an after-hours life-size Clue game using all the rooms in the library. 979-7151,

Girl Scout Day

May 7, 10am–12pm at James Monroe’s Highland Hands-on activities include a dance workshop, flower sketching, silhouette making, games, paper marbling and other activities. 293-8000,

Truck Touch

May 7, 10am–2pm at IX Art Park Children have a chance to touch, climb on, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment, as well as other kid-friendly activities. Held by the Montessori School of Charlottesville and sponsored in part by CharlottesvilleFamily.

Celebrate Astronomy Day

May 12, 7:30pm at Northside Library Astronomy presentations by Charlottesville Astronomical Society followed by observations of the night sky through telescopes set up on the rear patio. 973-7893,


Sunday, June 5 • 2:00PM $9.50 Youth, $14.50 Adult

Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to The Paramount this June!

Cops 4 Kids Day

May 13, 4–6pm at Cherry Avenue Boy & Girls Club Cops and children will run through a bouncy house, do the limbo, dance, ride bikes, play corn-hole and eat together to break down barriers.

Gulliver’s Travels Saturday, June 25 12:00PM


Now–November, Saturdays, 7am–12pm at Second and Water Street Parking Lot Visit for fresh local produce, plants and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts.

Dinner and Music at Grelen Nursery

May–August, Thursdays, 5:30–8pm at Grelen Nursery The Market is open late with a buffet grill, cheese plates and live music on the patio. 540-672-7268,

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May 6–8, 9am–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A three-day weekend to enjoy the popular Butterflies Live exhibit, live music, children’s garden activities, shopping, dining and more. 804-262-9887,

Mother’s Day Tea

May 7, 2–4pm at Maymont Mansion Enjoy this time-honored tradition on the mansion porch with tea and treats in this picturesque setting. Visit the Mansion for tours that highlight the Gilded Age. 804-358-7166,

Mother’s Day Dinner Train

May 7, 5:30pm at Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Enjoy a delicious 4-course meal and the ride as you travel to the scenic High Falls of Cheat. 877-686-7245,

Mt. Vernon’s Mother’s Day Weekend

May 7–8, 8am–5pm at Mount Vernon Stroll through the magnificent gardens in bloom. Lady Washington will give lavender sachets to mothers. Have a special meal at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant on Sunday. 703-780-2000,


Extra Special Mother’s Day


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May 7–8, 9am–5pm at Carter Mountain Orchard Start the morning with our Pancake Breakfast, then children can enjoy the craft area to make a special gift for mom. 977-1833,

Mother’s Day Weekend

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May 2016

May 7–8, 12–5pm at DuCard Vineyards Music on the Patio with Erin Lunsford, a Plant Sale featuring plants from the Madison Garden Club and a bottle of wine for mom. 540-923-4206,

Mother’s Day at Poplar Forest

May 8, 10am–5pm at Poplar Forest Give mom a special treat this Mother’s Day with a free tour. 525-1806, Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch May 8,11am–2pm at Boar’s Head Inn Enjoy a traditional brunch in the Old Mill Room or a family-style brunch in the Pavilion. 972-2230,

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 8,11:30am–2:30pm at The Market at Grelen Stroll the gardens, hike the trail, plan your summer planting and enjoy a farm fresh brunch by Grelen’s chef, Matt Turner, on the patio. 540-672-7268,

Mother’s Day Sunday Wine Brunch May 8, 11:30am at DuCard Vineyards Treat Mom to a pampered and relaxing Sunday Brunch catered by l’Etoile Catering and featuring the lovely harp music of Vicky Lee. 540-923-4206,

Mother’s Day Lunch

May 8, 12:30pm at Veritas Vineyard and Winery Enjoy a family brunch in Saddleback Hall and then soak up the warm spring sun on the deck for the afternoon. 540-456-8000,

French Crepes for Mother’s Day

May 8, 1–5pm at Delfosse Vineyard and Winery Dine on a variety of savory or sweet crepes with the family. 263-6100,

Mother’s Day Tea & Tours

May 8, 3:30–5:30pm at Agecroft Hall Enjoy live music while drinking tea and dining on a variety of savory sandwiches and sweets, then take a guided tour. 804-353-4241,

Spring PlantFest

Fun for the Whole Family

May 6–7, 9am–5pm Friday, 9am–3pm Saturday at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Among the largest in the region, selling plants from well-known favorites to rare exotics. All proceeds benefit the garden’s educational mission. 804-262-9887,

Green Valley Book Fair

May 7–30, 10am–5pm Monday–Thursday, 10am–6pm Friday & Saturday, 12–5pm Sunday at Green Valley Lane, Mt. Crawford Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library with huge selection of children’s books. 800-385-0099,

Richmond Rose Society Show

May 28–29, 9am–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Displays of specimen roses and advice from consulting experts. 804-262-9887,

Festival of Cultures May 14 | 10am–4pm at Lee Park See page 16.

A Little May Music

May 14, 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church The Virginia Consort will be presenting a concert of audience favorites. With additional pieces from the Youth Chorale. 979-1565,

Star Wars Day

May 14, 10am–2pm at Amazement Square Children will harness the force to become Jedi Knights. Exciting games, crafts and challenges, travel to the stars without ever leaving planet Earth. 845-1888,

CHS Orchestra Spring Concert

May 22, 7:30pm at MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center The award-winning Orchestra will perform an evening of music. 245-2726,

Spring Concerto Concert


May 24, 7pm at Old Cabell Hall Featuring the Concerto Competition winner, Oliver Dubon, with The Youth Symphony. The Evans Orchestra performs show and movie tunes including the Junior Strings. 974-7776,

Seussical Jr.

Sips & Cinema: The Princess Bride

May 4, 6, 9–13, various times and locations Charlottesville Catholic School Presents this take on an adorable musical just for kids. 964-0400,

May 29, 7–11pm at Early Mountain Vineyards Break out the picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie. Food trucks, Early Mountain Vineyards wine and movie snacks for sale. 540-948-9005,

West Main

Touch-A-Truck Event Saturday, June 11 9 a.m.- noon Battle Building and University Baptist Church FREE event for kids and their families Explore, touch and learn about many different trucks! Parking is free in the 11th Street Garage. Hosted by: UVA Children’s Hospital, University Baptist Church and Shenanigans


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Berry Picking Fun! Chiles Peach Orchard (Crozet) Pick your own strawberries late-April through mid-June and peaches mid-June through September. Plus indulge in baked goods and homemade ice cream. 823-1583,

Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery (Nellysford) Pick several varieties of thornless blackberries in July and August at this berry winery, and don’t forget to visit the annual Blackberry Festival and Music Festival on August 6. 361-1266,

*Critzer Family Farm (Afton) Pick your own strawberries in May and June, cherries in June and July, blackberries and raspberries in mid-July and a selection of vegetables throughout the summer. 540-241-3305, See ad page 22

Kipps Grapes (Rochelle) Pick your own grapes early-August through September and a few peaches and apples as well. Check out our jams, jellies and sauces made from our fruit as well. 540-948-4171,

Dickie Brothers Orchard (Roseland) Pick your own thornless blackberries in earlyJuly, plums, peaches and nectarines in midJuly, and apples in August. 277-5516, Gold Hill Blueberry Farm (Unionville) Come pick blueberries July through August, and check out other items grown on the farm as well. 540-222-7954,

*Liberty Mills Farm (Somerset) Pick your own strawberries in May, and join us for our Second Annual Strawberry Fest on Saturday, May 28. 540-882-6293, See ad page 22 The Market at Grelen (Somerset) Starting with blueberries, the berry picking starts in late-May to early-April and also includes raspberries and blackberries. Pick peaches in early-June and apples in earlySeptember. 540-672-7268,

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*Middle Fork Farm (Scottsville) Pick your own strawberries from May through July, and join us for our inaugural Strawberry Fest on Saturday, June 4. 591-6666, See ad page 23 Miller Farms Market (Locust Grove) Pick your own strawberries in May from our three-acre strawberry patch. You can also pick blackberries, blueberries and raspberries a little later on in the season. 540-850-5009, Morris Orchard (Monroe) Pick blueberries in mid-June through earlyJuly and blackberries early-July through lateAugust. 929-2401, Seaman’s Orchard (Roseland) Pick your own strawberries in May and blueberries and cherries in June. 277-5554, Spring Valley Orchard (Afton) Owned by the same family as Chiles and Carter Mountain; offers pick-your-own sweet cherries late-May to June. 960-9443,

Make it a day at the orchard!

Wenger Grapes (Waynesboro) Pick your own Concord and Niagara grapes from August through September for fresh eating, jams and juice. 540-943-4956,

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Raiders of the Lost Ark [PG]

June 5, 2pm at The Paramount Theater Bring the family for an adventurous show. 979-1333,


Family Art Jam: Portraying American History

May 14, 1–5pm at The Fralin Museum of Art Learn about art with your little ones at the museum in these monthly themed classes. 243-2050,

May 17, 6:30pm at Northside Library Using mosses, sticks, acorns and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. Registration required. 973-7893,

Tissue Paper Flower

String Art

May 7, 10am–12pm at Michael’s Arts & Crafts Kids create May flowers from tissue paper and pipe cleaners. They craft—you shop. 971-1072,

Kids Craft for a Cause

May 7, 11am–1pm at Barracks Road Shopping Center Sell your homemade crafts to benefit UVA Children’s Hospital. All ages welcome. Join in for fun, music, games and more crafting.

Dream Catcher

May 28, 10am–12pm at Michael’s Arts & Crafts Learn to make stars and garlands! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. 971-1072,

Fairy Houses

Romp & Stomp Art Day

May 4, 10:30am at Central Library Drop in for a romp craft extravaganza and get artsy with your 2- to 5-year-old. 979-7151,

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May 21, 10am–12pm at Michael’s Arts & Crafts Kids learn to use string and pegs to create shapes on boards. Kids take home a finished masterpiece. 971-1072,

Woodworking With Children Open House

May 22, 4–5pm at 1104 Forest Street, Charlottesville Check out woodworking with your child. Try hammering and drilling, meet the instructor and have your questions answered. www.

May 14, 10am–12pm at Michael’s Arts & Crafts Create a colorful dreamcatcher with yarn, feathers and beads. Kids take home a finished masterpiece. 971-1072,

May 7, all day at Jefferson Madison Regional Libraries The library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what’s available. 979-7151,

Anime Club

May 13, 6pm at Crozet Library Calling all anime and manga fans: come share your favorites and watch popular anime with friends. Grades 6-12, registration required. 823-4050,

Window Stars Craft Workshop

May 16, 7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Learn how to fold colorful paper stars to display in windows. Ages 14 and up, registration is required. 295-8737,

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The Final Season Sundays, May 8-22 at 9:00 p.m.

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Teen Book Swap & Book Arts Party

May 24, 6pm at Crozet Library All teens are invited to bring books to exchange. Afterwards, local teen artists lead a variety of radical book crafting projects. Grades 6-12, registration required. 823-4050,

Table Top Games

May 25, 4:30pm at Central Library Enjoy old favorites or try something new. Drop by the library for an afternoon of lowtech games and snacks. Grades 6-12. 979-7151,

Baby Boot Camp’s 9th Birthday Party

Wine & Design on Wheels

Cradle to College: Protecting Your Kids


May 11, 9:20am at Pen Park Festive, free class, followed by snacks and cake. Present relay, Baby Boot Camp trivia, and prizes. 953-6888,

May 24, 6:30–8pm at Best Western, Zion Crossroads Winget-Hernandez, Attorneys at Law are hosting an estate planning workshop, with refreshments and door prizes. Parents are encouraged to bring their graduating seniors to the workshop. 589-2958



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Dave Matthews Band

May 5, 5pm at Charlottesville High School Come listen to the discussions, debates and decisions of the city school board. 245-2400,

Design House 2016

May 7–22, 10am–4pm Friday–Tuesday, 10am–7pm Wednesday–Thursday at Keswick Estates Learn all the latest trends in home decorating and design and help victims of domestic violence at the same time. Charlottesville Wine & Country Living is a proud sponsor.

May 20–June 11 at Live Arts Musical loosely based on The Supremes and set amid the turbulence of the 1960s culture wars, this show sizzles with behind-thescenes drama. 977-4177,

Willie Nelson and Family

May 25, 7pm at nTelos Wireless Pavilion Musician, author, actor and activist, Willie Nelson continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. 877-272-8849,

May 7, 7pm at John Paul Jones Arena Special hometown benefit concert to celebrate their 25th anniversary. All net proceeds from the concert donated to charity in the Charlottesville area via the Bama Works Fund. 1-888-575-8497,

La Traviata

May 17, 6:30pm at Chile’s Peach Orchard Enjoy the orchard for an evening of painting. Food, wine, and hard cider available. 218-3112,

May 13 & 15, 7:30pm Friday, 2:30pm Sunday at The Paramount Theater In collaboration with the Oratorio Society of Virginia, Ash Lawn Opera presents this enthralling and heartbreaking masterpiece with stunning music and wrenching drama. 293-4500,

Wine & Roses Open House

May 28, 10am–2pm at Center for Historic Plants, Monticello Speaker, Kaye Moomaw of Irvington Spring Farm, with Gabriele Rausse to host his everpopular wine tasting. 984-9800,

ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival

May 28, 11am–7pm at Massanutten Resort Live music, food, handmade crafts, and wines and microbrews of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and beyond. 540-434-3862,


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Prioritize Your Time What to Expect & Not Expect During Newborn Months

Recently, I visited a Charlottesville bookstore and noticed that books about newborns and books about work productivity were not in the same section. In fact, they weren’t even on the same side of the store’s big, bisecting aisle. Even more intrigued, I thumbed through some of the far-flung books on babies and professional effectiveness. Neither mentioned each other, which made me think— maybe they don’t get along. “As a new mom, your activities need to be divided into two categories,” an architect colleague told me when my first child was a newborn. “Category 1 consists of what you can do when your baby’s awake. Category 2 is what you can only accomplish while your baby’s asleep.” by Whitney Woollerton Morrill

Hmm, I thought, with my Neanderthal-postpartum brain. Baby awake: take care of baby. Baby asleep: everything else.

New Mom

This made for very limited productivity in my case, because newborn care is all consuming, and my baby rarely slept. My work pile grew massively and impenetrable, like the snow mountain in the parking lot of said bookstore. Despite my best efforts, drawings didn’t get drawn. Bills didn’t get paid. Showers didn’t get taken…as often. I fantasized about writing a bestseller titled, Not Getting Things Done: What to Expect about Not Expecting Productivity During the Newborn Months. Though I never got that book done (surprise, I think not), in my mind’s eye, Chapter 1 is called “Disappointing Everyone.” In it, I show new moms how to minimize self-flagellation if their professional work is atypically late and lame during baby’s first year. I start with the oft-forgotten fact that new motherhood is itself an occupation. For those busy

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beginning months, our most demanding project is re-calibrating our self-image if we can’t crank out work and meet deadlines like we used to. The chapter closes with a picture of a cartoon baby holding a briefcase and saying, “Weathering the disappointment of others is a business skill!” Come to think of it, Cartoon Baby could offer her own professional development series, including seminars on “How to Underpromise and Overdeliver” and “Formula 10X: Deliverables Take Way Longer Now.” If our own babies could talk, they’d say that however muddled we

feel about work and family demands, they love us. That through trial and error, eventually we’ll fashion our personal and professional lives into something workable. Our newborns would also remind us that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Because emperors weren’t expected to carry their babies while conquering the world, like new moms are today. Really. They weren’t. I checked the books in the history section.

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Social Sensitivity Letting Your Child Find Their Own Personality

Mindful Parenting

Each of us, from infancy to adulthood, has our own unique way of being in the world, and one of the truly wonderful parts of parenting is getting to know our own baby. We learn what they like to eat, how they like to sleep and, as they grow older, what they like to do and how they respond to various situations. We also pick up on our child’s social sensitivity—perhaps without even realizing it. We could easily identify which of our children would like a loud, crowded birthday party and which would shriek in horror at the thought it. We know which child doesn’t ever stop talking to friends versus the one who overthinks everything and chooses his words very carefully. And, we know which child recognizes when their friend is sad as opposed to the one who doesn’t easily pick up on subtle cues. Learning your child’s social sensitivity can be one of the very greatest tools in your parenting kit. One of my children has a high degree of social sensitivity. She not only can tune in to other’s feelings but also can internalize those feelings. So being in a chaotic, or by Danielle Sullivan hostile, environment affects her greatly. Her brother tends to let things just roll right off of him, while their sister falls somewhere in between the two. Some kids are just naturally more shy and reserved, yet others are loud and outgoing. No one is better than the other, despite the stigma that can be associated with being shy. There are countless books on how to get your shy child to come out of her shell, and therapists scrutinize children for signs of social anxiety. But being shy has its benefits. Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking, breaks open the stigma of being shy and replaces it with scientific evidence supporting the evolutionary benefits that introverts, or sitters, bring to a world of extroverts, or rovers. As Cain points out, one has to wonder if children who are prescribed medications even need them, or if they just have a quiet way of being Social Support part of the world, taking in their surroundings through peaceful Help your child find observation and introspection rather than immediate interaction. their social scene, and Why do kids, and sometimes adults, have to be a social encourage it with activities butterfly to be deemed normal or even acceptable? There are many brilliant and successful people who were thought to be shy, supporting her personality. such as Einstein, Darwin and J.K. Rowling. Cain says that many shy See people grow up to be fabulous leaders because they tend to listen for a list. more intently, really taking in what others say. I was a shy kid, and to some degree, I still am. I have always enjoyed, and even craved, solitary time throughout the day. Most of my day now includes higher decibels that come with raising kids and working in publishing, but I still treasure being alone and know this personality tendency is what has spurred my writing. I am at my best when my mind is happily wandering the realms of the creative world. I often wonder what would have happened if my mother had viewed my shyness as a fault, and instead of allowing me the quiet time I craved, threw me into non-stop activities just so she would feel better about my personality. Every child has a unique set of traits and his or her own special gifts, and lucky are the children whose parents celebrate their uniqueness.

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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From airbrushed photos of fashion models to unnaturally muscular action figures, children and teens are constantly exposed to unrealistic images of what their bodies should look like. As a result, children as young as 5 and 6 years old are beginning to develop body image issues, according to Jaclyn A. Shepard, a pediatric psychologist with the UVA Behavioral Medicine Center. “In girls, we see complaints of feeling or looking fat while boys are concerned they’re not muscular enough,” she says. Problems with poor body image peak in adolescence, when 40 to 60 percent of normal-weight teenage girls view themselves as too heavy and half of teens exercise by Megan Davis

to improve their body shape or lose weight, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Poor body image can cause low self-esteem in children and teens, which may lead to eating disorders and depression in adulthood. Shepard offers the following tips to help children and teens develop a healthy body image. Model self-confidence and acceptance of your own body. Avoid negative statements about your own weight, shape or size. “It’s not intentional on the parent’s part,” Shepard says. “They’re just so used to having these reactions. But kids do pick up on that.” Model healthy lifestyle choices. “There’s an increase in younger children engaging in dieting behaviors or feeling dissatisfied with their own bodies because they see their parents dieting,” Shepard says. “Focus on feeling healthy rather than on appearance.” Avoid negative comments about other people’s bodies. Don’t use

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children understand there is not one “ideal” body shape. Praise your child’s accomplishments, values and talents. This helps children develop positive self-esteem that’s based on who they are as people instead of on their body shape or weight. Help children and teens understand that changes in their bodies are normal as they grow. “It’s important that teens know that some weight gain and body changes are natural parts of development in puberty,” Shepard says. Your child’s pediatrician is a good resource for helping your child understand normal development.

Shepard also encourages parents to look out for warning signs that their child is developing an unhealthy body image. Watch for critical or negative statements about their bodies, frequent comments about their peers’ weight or bodies, changes in eating behaviors or dieting, and increased self-consciousness around peers or increased social isolation.

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Together Is Better Building Lacrosse Spirit

One Player at a Time by Lisa Ellison


s the clouds part on a blustery March afternoon, boys in the Western Albemarle Lacrosse Club head to

their stations. It’s the first day of the spring lacrosse season, and everyone on the Western Albemarle High School athletic field is eager to get started. Coach Alex Whitten says, “Listen up!” to a group of 7-year-olds waiting for directions. Another group runs toward the practice goal with Luke Reilly, captain of the varsity team, while the fourth graders meet his father, Mike Reilly, at the other end of the field. The boys are excited and focused, scrambling to catch balls and hold their sticks properly as they adjust to their new gear.


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The 7-year-old friends and neighbors Jack and William “WD”

grimace but instantly brighten when remembering their few

are ready to follow in the footsteps of their collegiate heroes.

minutes of fame. “They shined a TV camera at us,” Jack says, his

Jack convinced WD to join the team, something WD’s father,

smile visible through the bars of his helmet.

Dargan Coggeshall supported. “With all of the distractions these

Jack, WD and all of the boys on the field are manifesting

days with technology, kids don’t have the patience for prolonged

the club’s dream of building a generation of players and friends

games with lots of waiting,” Coggeshall says. “The fact that he

through the program’s top-down approach, pairing the youngest

[WD] wants to engage in a sport that seems to be more action

players in the western portion of Albemarle County with mentors

packed makes me really happy.”

from the Western Albemarle High School team. This mentorship

Jack and WD will tell anyone about how they love their new

includes one-on-one coaching during practices, tickets to

pads, but they aren’t so sure about the helmets. Regarding the

Western Albemarle High School games and the opportunity to

recent UVA game that ended in a loss to Syracuse, the pair

develop a relationship with Western Albemarle varsity coach,


{inspiration enrichment} Alex Whitten. The hope is for all of the kids to learn the sport’s fundamentals while developing life-long friendships and preparing them to go on to play competitively in high school and college. Whitten, a seasoned player and coach from Wilton, Connecticut, with a contagious enthusiasm for lacrosse, brought the program to the area. Whitten won three state championships during his high school career and was part of the ACC championship team at Duke in 1995. In 2013, he took over the boy’s team at Western Albemarle High School. While he admits to a certain bias, this three-sport varsity athlete truly believes that lacrosse, a sport that combines skills from soccer, basketball, hockey and football, is the best sport out there. His father, a lacrosse coach for 26 years, developed the Wilton Lacrosse Association, a program that served as one of the models for the Western Albemarle Lacrosse Club. For his players, Whitten has two rules: be a great kid and work as hard as you can. “If you’re a great kid on the field, in the classroom, at home and in the community, the community and the world will tend to rise up and help you,” he says. “If you’re working as hard as you can, you’re being your best.” Believing that lacrosse and other team sports are largely psychological, he focuses on his player’s character development




the celebration of their successes and learning from their failures. “Especially at the youth level, I think a huge emphasis has been put on winning, but [realistically] most players won’t go on to play professional sports.” They will all, however, become adults. “If I can bestow a few pearls of wisdom during my tenure as a coach for these kids, so they walk away saying, ‘Yeah Coach Whitten was a great coach, but he was a better mentor,’ then that’s really where I pride myself in being successful.” It is evident that he says this while thinking of the mentors who have helped him get to where he is today as well as the players he’s worked with over his 11


May 2016

years of coaching.


He’s also quick to point out that





shared players

the success of the Western Albemarle

and mentors. Truitt

Lacrosse Club belongs to the army of


volunteers and parents who put in


countless hours coaching and mentoring


the club’s youngest players. Mike Reilly

kind of mentorship

is one of those volunteers. As a founding


member, Reilly works tirelessly behind


the scenes to organize the program and

“Usually we just

The main focus is for the boys to just have some fun. Given the smiles on their sweaty faces, it’s clear that goal has already been achieved.

have a dad or

its annual fundraiser. A life-long player









two out there,” Cooper says, “But to see all the high

o f

school kids out there is great. I think

the program

it’s probably exciting for the little kids,

is “the team aspect and discipline.

too; they look up to [the high school

The coaches are great. The people are

players]. They’re the same as professional

great. My boys love it because most of

athletes to them.” Jack’s father, Spencer

the kids are their friends.” Mack, now 10

Bakich agrees. “It’s really neat to see the

years old, participated in the mentorship

individual coaches because there are so

program when he was 7 and has stuck

who competed at Yale University, he was

many of them working one-on-one with

with the game ever since.

part of the 1988 and 1989 Ivy League

the kids to make them better lacrosse

The club’s approach seems to be

Championship team. Now, Reilly’s sons

players, while increasing their maturity

working. Reilly says they currently have 50

Quinn, age 10, and Luke, age 18 are club


kids in the third- and fourth-grade group,

members. It’s clear the spirit of the program

Scott Widener, a former college player

and they continue to grow. He believes

and father of Mack, believes the best part

the key to their success has been the

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club’s ability to connect directly with the

break from the action to talk about the

elementary schools. He hopes that other

mentorship program, something very

high schools in the area will replicate this

personal to him. His brother, Luke, is

top-down approach, leading to a district-

currently out on the field working with

based program of clubs building their

the 7-year-old group. When Quinn was

own spirit emerges.

that age, Luke was his mentor both on

It’s easy to spot the spirit on the field.

and off the field. The two brothers still

As the fourth graders scrimmage near

work together on Quinn’s game, and

the football goal, they tuck, run and twist

“he helps me out to learn and practice,”

from opponents, all the while looking at

Quinn says.

their coaches for feedback. “If you mess up, keep

At the other end of the field, Luke helps a group of players, including Jack, WD and Noble, catch ground balls then run them to the goal. After Noble’s turn, Luke pauses to give him advice about using the hand closest to the ground to control his stick. After another try, Noble scoops the ball up like a pro. “That’s the way to do it,” Luke claps, cheering his progress. He’s been mentoring young players for his entire high school career,


though his participation in this program

fourth grader Quinn says, as he takes a

was formalized last year. “It’s fun to be

“If you’re a great kid on the field, in the classroom, at home and in the community, the community and the world will tend to rise up and help you,” Whitten says. “If you’re working as hard as you can, you’re being your best.” out there with the kids and to see them having fun and enjoying something I like to do as well.” Currently, the Western Albemarle Lacrosse Club only has a top-down program for boys but hope to one day have a similar program for girls in the Western Albemarle region. Still in the planning phase, they’re looking for volunteers to take on leadership positions, which can be challenging given the amount of time one needs to dedicate to the position. Reilly fully understands that “volunteers work and lead full lives.” In





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right before zipping down the field with

Club will be learning

the ball and shooting a goal. “It’s fast,”

from the best coaches

is a comment made by parents, players



and coaches alike as they talk about this

country—people who

fast-moving sport. Whether players are


working on skills or one-on-one play, no

players to




game right here in


one is left standing around.

Charlottesville.” The

As practice winds down, Jack and WD

plan is to have UVA

adjust their helmets before tucking their

coaches and players

sticks close to their bodies, what I learned

mentor not only the

to be one of the most important defensive

girls but also the

postures. Only time will tell how far the


friends will go with the game. Whitten



serve as coaches.

who’s in no hurry for kids to specialize

Club is filling this gap. The

As club founder and current head

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club has been around for five years and

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runs programs for girls throughout the

team, Julie Meyers says, “We love lacrosse

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year. This spring they started a league

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the smiles on their sweaty faces, it’s clear

for Kindergarten through second graders

friendships and opportunities that can

that goal has already been achieved.

and one for third and fourth graders,

last a lifetime. If we could put a stick in

including 150 girls. While the league

everyone’s hand and help them learn

won’t provide mentors directly related

how to play and to love our sport, that

to any of the high school programs, Tara

would be a dream come true.”

Hohenshelt, former Penn State Coach and

Back on the Western Albemarle

current coach of the Western Albemarle

athletic field, fourth grader Mack says, “If

Girls’ Lacrosse team, says, “The girls in

you like to run, this is the sport for you,”

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Transportation Family Daytrips


May 2016


by Dionna L. Mann

Does the roar of a jet plane or a sports car get your little ones excited? Do boats fascinate someone in your family? Do you have a budding train engineer on your hands? Here are five familyfun transportation daytrips sure to satisfy the yearnings of those who love things that go beepbeep, zoom and chugga-chugga-choo-choo!


Deltaville Maritime Museum/Holly Point Nature Park

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Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park

into the north fork of Jackson

of folks building boats the old-fashioned

Creek, and back again—using

way. And during Family Boatbuilding

language from the 1600s. And

Week, held annually and usually in July,

they just may ask you to pull

your family can build its very own skiff,

up your sleeves and get to

using real wood and traditional building

rowing the sweeps or lowering


the sail. No matter when you

Chesapeake & Ohio Heritage Center

visit the museum, kids will enjoy seeing the model ships, and what is said to be one of

Clifton Forge, VA

the finest workboat collections

DISTANCE: 1½–2 hours

along the Chesapeake. The Carl Hawkins

All aboard! The Little C & O—a mini,

Deltaville, VA

Collection offers a glimpse of some rare

7 1/2”-gauge, locomotive that operates

DISTANCE: 2 ½–3 hours

antique outboards. And the maps on the

like it’s bigger steam-powered brother—

Would someone in your family like

wall? They are replicas of those used by

awaits to pull the smallest of train lovers

to imagine setting sail with seafaring

Smith. Inside the museum’s Living History

down her rails! Hear the whistle blow

Captain John Smith who explored and

shed, boat restorers will likely be on hand,

when the conductor pulls the cord. Watch

mapped the Chesapeake Bay in 1608? You

bringing a 43’-round sterned, Deltaville

her steam dance toward the mountains

can at the Deltaville Maritime Museum.

Deadrise, back to life just as they did with

that surround the center’s six acres. Feel

They have built a modest, wooden vessel,

the F.D. Crockett and the Francis Smith.

the rhythm of the rails beneath you.

like Smith’s shallop, the Explorer. And

Outside, you’re likely to hear the sounds

It’s easy to imagine being a railroad

during nearly all special events at the museum, you and yours may not only climb aboard the Explorer, but you’ll be able to cruise through Mill Creek, out

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man of the 19th and 20th Century while experiencing your walk-through tour at the Chesapeake & Ohio Heritage Center, especially if Tom, the train master, is on hand to share his stories. At Smiths Creek Yard, you’ll be able to climb into the cab of a C & O locomotive, sit in the engineer’s seat, check out her dining car and look out over the tracks. There’s restored railroad equipment to

all these scenarios, for here they have one of the world’s largest collections of historic air and spacecraft housed in two adjoining hangars! In the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, you’ll be able to see the massive space shuttle Discovery, the Mars Pathfinder Lander and Gemini VII—that space journeying vessel that proved astronauts could live in space for two weeks. There’s also

boxcars. The C&O Standard Section Tool

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

House contains a replica of a handcar, a

Chantilly, VA (near Dulles Airport)

view. Within the Boeing Aviation Hanger,

restored velocipede, and historic section

DISTANCE: 2–2½ hours

there are sport aviation flyers like the

enjoy: full-scale railroad cars, a dining car, cabooses, locomotives, a flatcar and





application satellites, rockets like the Goddard 1935 A series and missiles to

gang tools. Within the indoor museum,

Want to hear the engine of your

Senior Albatross, a super sailplane. There

a restored 1895 freight depot, many of

Boeing P-26A Peashooter zoom above a

are ultra lights, planes from the 1920s,

the displays are created with C&O signal

stormy sea as you narrowly escape the

warplanes from World War II and the



firepower aimed to take you down? Like

Vietnam War, and modern day fighters.

railroad accessories. Even the museum’s

to feel your world turn upside down as

Tickets may also be purchased for a “ride”

gift shop is located within a replica

you skillfully pilot a Bücker Jungmeister,

inside one of the center’s simulators.

of an 1892 Standard #1 train depot.

a single-engine biplane, into an aerobatic

Within these, you and yours (those that

maneuver like an inside-outside-eight?

have reached the height of 42”) may

At the Udvar-Hazy Center, a branch of

experience firsthand space flight, aerial

the Smithsonian, it’s easy to imagine

combat, a journey through a futuristic



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cosmos or an interactive flight performing

pioneers of the Golden Age. See the Stars

a 360-degree barrel roll! Finish off your

and Stripes, the plane that Admiral

visit by purchasing Airbus IMAX Theater

Richard E. Byrd used to be the first

tickets and be transported from your

American to fly a research plane over

seat into space by watching movies like

the Antarctic. Get up close to the 1936

Journey to Space.

Vultee V1-A Special, the aircraft that

VA Museum of Transportation

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newspaper man William Randolph Hearst flew. Check out the Bellanca CH-400

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Skyrocket, the plane Charles Lindbergh wanted to fly over the Atlantic. Imagine the challenges that faced the pilots of

Virginia Museum of Transportation

the 1927 Pitcairn Mailwing, relying upon

Roanoke, VA

its navigational beacon tower to carry the

DISTANCE: 2–2½ hours

mail through all kinds of weather. Do all

See the shine of the 611, a Class

of this at The Virginia Aviation Museum

J locomotive that could pull a 15-

in Richmond. This museum displays not

car passenger train up to 110 mph.

only over two-dozen vintage aircrafts

Imagine bumping down the road in a

within its galleries but also reproductions

1923 Piedmont 4-30 Touring Car, one of

Virginia Aviation Museum

of the Wright brothers’ gliders and a

Piedmont Motor Car Company’s own

Richmond, VA

reproduction of their 1903 Flyer. There are

massed-produced automobiles. Hear the

DISTANCE: 1½–2 hours

dioramas of World War I and II aviation

whir of the propellers of the Life-Guard,

Climb behind the controls of an

history, an expansive array of early flight

Virginia’s first air ambulance service.

original 1940s Piper Cub and manipulate

memorabilia, and examples of modern-

Imagine as men pull the 1882 Howe Fire

the functional control surfaces. Witness

day aircraft engines.

Engine to a barn engulfed in flames;

the forces of flight by using a wind

all of this can be found at the Virginia

tunnel. Learn the stories of early aviation

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The museum exhibits feature the rails: diesel, electric and steam locomotives,

For some more transportation fun, check out

cabooses, passenger cars and other rolling stock through time. They feature

U.S. Army Transportation Museum

the road: race cars, buses, cars, tractors

Newport News, VA

and cabs from throwback years. They

Distance: 2-2 ½ Hours

feature the air: planes and spacecrafts

like the Jupiter Rocket; and they feature


waterways: models of historic sailing ships and the modern ship, appropriately

The Flying Circus Air Show & Biplane Rides

called the Roanoke, and more. The

Bealeton, VA

museum especially highlights the history

Distance: 1 ½-2 Hours

of Norfolk & Western Railway with

engines like the Norfolk & Western Class J-611 and the Class A-1218, sleek steam

Rappahannock Railway Museum

locomotives are therefore highlighted,

Fredericksburg, VA

but be sure to call ahead, as the J-611

Distance: 1 ½-2 Hours

is always on the go. You’ll see a scale

model of a circus and an O-gauge model train that has a four-tier layout depicting trains operating on 600-feet of

the life of John T. Hanna, Virginia’s

track. Kids will have an especially good

father of transportation safety. And

time enjoying hands-on activities like

they’ll have a blast romping about

trying on pint-sized firefighter suits and

the museum’s transportation-themed

playing with magnets within the Hanna

outdoor playground, the Star Station.

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Mother’s Day Essay Contest of the

By Crystal McNeese

Not long after I turned 25, I had my first daughter, a surprise that rushed into my life like a midsummer thunderstorm. Mother’s Day was suddenly for me, and I finally understood my mother’s entire life. Looking down at a baby who shared my large brown eyes framed with dark eyelashes resting above a button nose, I saw what my mother was always looking at with me. I understood her happiness, her worries, the things beyond her control that made her cry and her sense of urgency near the end of her wonderful life. I understood then that her life was taken over when her premature, dark-eyed tiny baby appeared before her in the heat of the summer. Everything before then no longer mattered; the future became Mother’s Day is a holiday that has changed a lot for me over the

a time that she would revolve around me—just as the planets

years. When I was young, it was the time to make construction

encircle the sun.

paper cards, help my dad buy jewelry and make very messy pancakes for my mom. In between years of Mother’s Days, there

A second brown-eyed girl came into my life five years after the

’s bed to tell came one day that my mother sat me down on my

first. Her face was an image of her sister’s face. On that first

me she had bone marrow cancer. I was 11 years old. She didn’t

Mother’s Day with both of my little girls, I was overcome with

tell me with a sense of despondency; it was just something that

sadness, as I no longer had a mother to dote on. I had no one

was a part of her now. So, Mother’s Day unintentionally took on

to buy gifts for or take out to reminisce with over coffee. I felt

a sense of sadness—not knowing how many she might have left.

that I simply had the specter of everything she had done for me.

The cards, jewelry, flowers and misshaped pancakes continued,

My older daughter, as attentive as I was at her age, asked why I

but I could see in my mother’s eyes that she, too, was sad. Quickly

looked so sad on Mother’s Day. I told her, “I just miss my mom

one summer night when I was 17, she left our quiet world and

since she is gone.” My daughter stood in front of me, leveling her


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Prenatal Yoga Prepare your body and mind for labor and delivery with prenatal yoga. Prenatal yoga is one of the best things you can do for yourself, as well as your growing baby. In addition to helping expecting mothers relax and stay fit, prenatal yoga can also help them prepare for labor and benefit their babies. Our classes are led by UVA physicians. When:

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never more than 45 degrees.

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County of Albemarle Department of Fire

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• Child passenger safety laws require all children to be properly secured in a child safety seat or booster seat until their 8th birthday, regardless of weight or height.

• has instructions and fits your vehicle;

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• and is less than 6 years old and has a

must be placed in a vehicle’s back seat.

known history and recall status.

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Exercising During Pregnancy Exercise your choices in a smart and resourceful way.

The ACOG mentions certain health benefits you can have

Women in good health without obstetric problems can

by “being active and exercising at least 30 minutes on most,

exercise (though all women should consult their physicians

if not all, days of the week.” For instance, according to the

first), and some suggestions on exercises for moms-to-be

ACOG, it can:

include walking, stationary cycling, low-impact aerobics,

• Help reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling

yoga and swimming. Be sure to always get your doctor’s

• May help prevent or treat gestational diabetes

permission to exercise during pregnancy.

• Increases your energy

Yoga is an excellent choice for pregnant women and is

• Improves your mood

growing in popularity, as it focuses on posture and breathing

• Improves your posture

and can help relieve both the physical and emotional stress

• Promotes muscle tone, strength and endurance

women may experience before, during and after birth.

• Helps you sleep better

Exercises that can help build a stronger core are good as well, and don’t fret, as many exercises can be adapted for moms-

Thinking to post-pregnancy times, staying fit with regular


activity will make it easier to get back into shape once the baby is born.

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{until next time humorous reflections} Taking On Mom Humorous Tales from a Dad’s Point of View What would my wife Betsy like for Mother’s Day?

by Rick Epstein

Now she has a car and holds down two jobs to pay for it.

A photo of a little face in a homemade frame? Or maybe

She’s getting good grades at the county junior college and has

a tiny handprint in terra cotta? No, I’m afraid we’re past that.

been accepted at the state university. I’m proud of what she’s

Yes, we still snuggle with our daughters, but it’s different

accomplishing and relieved that her rebellion of last spring

when they are hormonally supercharged teenagers and apt

worked out so well. But I feel like we’ve lost our license to

to turn on you like unstable circus tigers.

direct her.

Eighteen-year-old Marie was smiling and playful when

Of course as long as she lives in our house and expects

she approached her mother who was reading on the couch.

help with college tuition, we have some power. But our

“C’mon Mom, I can take ya!” she said, holding out her hands

authority and her willingness fade together into no-man’s-

in that offensive/defensive way of a wrestler. The living room

land along some indistinct line that could only be defined

is where we do most of our horseplay because it has a carpet

by battles that none of us want. So we ask her to be home

and almost enough space. Behind Marie’s sportive air was

by midnight and she either complies or phones to get a little

real curiosity. She has been exploring the shadowy frontier

more time.

between childhood and adulthood, and this challenge was the physical part of the exploration.

In her stretch toward autonomous adulthood, her size may be a factor. Marie is a well-filled-out 5-foot-6. She has always

In her junior year she was studying less, staying home

enjoyed overpowering her younger sister, so maybe it was

from school and spending every spare

inevitable that Marie would challenge her mother. Betsy is 5

minute with a certain angry boy.

inches shorter than Marie and weighs almost 30 pounds less.




She laughed, took off her eyeglasses, and said, “OK, I’ll fight you.”





But Betsy works out and is strong and scrappy. She laughed, took off her eyeglasses, and said, “OK, I’ll fight you.”

for senior year. “My teachers

Marie helpfully pulled her up from the couch and then

are destroying my love of

lunged onto her, her superior bulk bearing her mother to the

learning, all my friends

floor with a crash that made the windows rattle. “Aargh!”

are graduating and I don’t

said Betsy, as if a horse had fallen on her. Rallying, she shot a

talk to everyone else. I’d

sturdy leg up and over Marie’s body and suddenly she was on

like your blessing on the

top, holding her daughter’s shoulders to the carpet. Marie was




not necessary,” she said. “No matter what you do or say, I am

pinned good and proper. “Well Miss Smarty-pants, what do you say NOW?” Betsy teased.

NOT going back to that high school.”

“I just LET you win. I didn’t want to be a granny-basher,”

We advised her to grit her teeth and

Marie said with a defiant gaiety that masked her surprise at

finish high school in the regular way. She refused. We had

being taken down so handily.

thought all those years of bedtime stories and piggyback

Well, it wasn’t the fiercest fight I’d ever seen. But it was

rides would count for more. We were spared a showdown

the most decisive. And I have to admit, our team needed the

when her principal informed us she could earn her diploma

win more than Marie did.

by taking a few required courses at the county college. It was a really good plan and has worked out well.

Maybe for Mother’s Day I’ll buy Betsy a satin robe with her name across the back. And I’ll promise not to tell Marie

But the episode wounded us. Part of it was her rejection

that the only way to defeat Betsy is to pick her up. Separated

of our advice. Apart from a few high-profile instances, our

from the floor, those powerful legs are as harmless as a baby

advice has been pretty darn good. “Brush your teeth” and

seal’s flippers.

“wear your seat belt” have worked out well for her. Also, back when she was very young, we were the first to advise her to use toilets.


May 2015

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