About 12 years ago, Pat Bohannon seized a unique opportunity.
That was when she began working with Hardin County Schools Experience Children’s Early Learning, or ExCEL, program, which helps teen parents with child care while keeping them from dropping out of high school. It was a chance, Bohannon felt, to honor her own mother, a nurturing parent who had just died.
Well, sort of. I mean, I want to. I do. Kind of. My kids are growing older. My son will start kindergarten in the fall, and my daughter will be old enough to start preschool.
It seems a good time to start looking. I like the idea of doing something, using my mind for more than worrying about my kids eating enough vegetables, contributing to the household funds, and in turn being able to go out to eat on occasion or buy a dress without feeling that I’m taking money away from my kids’ vegetable fund.
Dealing with breast cancer didn’t dampen Theda Meredith’s spirit, her success in banking or her love of life.
In 1997, Meredith was diagnosed with breast cancer. She found the lump herself and a specialist recommended removing the tumor along with a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on her right breast. There were 13 malignant lymph nodes.
She went through chemotherapy and felt fine. The cancer returned in 2000 and again in 2003.
Last week, my husband went to Georgia to visit his dad and sister who lives in the house above his dad’s basement apartment. For at least 15 years now, Chuck’s been making this trip every April to spend a week with his parents and, in his words, “just be a son.”
Members of the Hardin County Senior Republican Women’s Forum made a lot of fans last year.
The group literally made hand-held fans sporting Abraham Lincoln’s likeness and including information about the group. Last year, the senior group — said to be the only such senior political organization in the United States — gave out about 4,000 of the fans, which were paid for by the Hardin County Republican Party.
Members distributed fans to those attending festivals and community events, said president and charter member Shirley Westergren.
Springtime brings warmer temperatures, sunshine and for many, the urge to spring clean. Today let’s concentrate on cleaning out the negative emotional energy our physical surroundings hold to make way for positive energy.
In the Radcliff Goodwill store, where used items ranging from clothes to furniture find new life, employee Gladys Reineke is steadfastly making the most of the one she’s lived for 95 years.
“The big reason is once you sit down, you’re done,” Reineke said of her motive for continuing to work.
That desire to keep working has continued despite medical issues that included a blood clot in her leg that moved to her lungs a month or so ago and a diagnosis of colon cancer about 26 years ago. Both were successfully treated.