Brett, Blaire, Brooke, & Rebecca
Who is kind
Who is a mother to my brothers and me
Who loves the color blue, board games and to run
Who feels great when reading a book, running and with her sisters
Who needs a good book, a cup of Starbucks coffee and chocolate
Who gives help to my brothers and me, love to me and gives kindness to us
Who fears snakes, roller coasters and bats
Who would like to see Japan, Mt. Everest and Mt. Rushmore.
So, this is a poem that one of my sons (I have 4) wrote for me as a Mother’s Day gift about 13 years ago. I have it hanging on my closet door. (Please notice the long eyelashes!!) All these years later, it is still pretty accurate description of who I am.
Family, for me is: husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat. I work at Penn State doing a variety of tasks—research, evaluation, grant writing, teaching, professional development—for two institutes that focus on adult and family literacy; yes, sometimes work does define me. I run with groups, I run on my own, I run when I travel (okay, not when I go to Saudi Arabia), I run on trails, I run on roads. Well, I run so I can eat sugary high caloric food, rationalize a running skirt or SmartWool® socks, and balance my moods so that people still want to be around me. It is a part of my adventure. PS: Sometimes I don’t run (yoga, exercise tapes, walk).
Hi, I’m Rebecca, the youngest of the four. I am a single mom of 3, two boys (14, 12) and a girl (11). We have 2 dogs and 2 cats. I am a preschool teacher, a job I really enjoy (except for the poopy diapers, snotty noses, being puked and peed on). My children all have their sports they participate in, swimming, running, ultimate Frisbee, baseball, horseback riding, which in turns keeps me very busy in the car. I am not a very consistent runner or with my exercising, most of the time I am just trying to get everyone where they need to be and then I pass out. I have run a marathon, 6 half marathons, a few 10 milers and the Savage race 2 times, a Sprint Tri, swam the Chesapeake Bay Swim (1 mile) and quite a few 10k’s and 5k’s over the past several years.