Residents Pitch In To Clean Community

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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Saturday was clean-up day in Christopher Creek and the volunteers filled the dumpster to overflowing with hundreds of bags of garbage.

They picked up lots of bags that people did not ask them to pick up and if they are happy with it, they can make a donation to the CCHA. If they did not want them to pick up their bags, they promise to return them in the fall when the leaves fall again.

There were three to four work crews with trucks and trailers picking up: Chuck Schmitt, Clay Ashby and Marge Anderson all had a work crew.

Susan Ronn organized the kids and the adult supervisors were Jeff Ronn and Gary Anderson. The kids collected 102 pounds of trash and debris. Special thanks to Michael and Daniel Ronn who found an old, rusty iron bed frame entangled in the weeds and brush along the creek. They did a terrific job. All the kids deserve a thank-you for making the area cleaner. After their hard work they were given a great lunch and a very nice T-shirt.

‘Before I was a Mom'

My niece Jenny Boles sent me this from North Carolina.

Subject: Before I was a Mom.

Before I was a Mom, I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday. Before I was a Mom, I cleaned my house everyday. I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations. Before I was a Mom, I had never been puked on. Spit on. Chewed on. I had complete control of my mind and thoughts. I slept all night. I never held down a screaming child so that the doctors could do a test or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep. I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone that much. I never knew I would love being a mom. Before I was a Mom, I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important or happy. Before I was a Mom, I never was up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment, or the satisfaction of being a mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a mom.

To all the Moms and Grandmothers out there. May you all have a Happy Mother's Day. This is your special day. Somebody once said, "your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her" -- that somebody isn't a mom. Call her today and tell her how much you love her.

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