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One year. That’s how long it’s been since we went on the Spring Break that turned into summer and introduced phrases like social distancing and flatten the curve. It’s been twelve months of avoiding crowds, ordering out instead of dining in, and missing out on milestones like graduation, birthdays, and family holidays.

 

On the surface, the past year looks pretty awful, but it hasn’t been all bad. We traded eating in crowded, noisy restaurants for more time around our own dinner table having meaningful conversations. When we couldn’t visit our favorite stores, we learned how to shop smarter. And being at home more consistently led us to improve several aspects of our home, most notably the backyard.

 

Now, one year later, things are starting to look up. People are getting vaccinated, restrictions are easing up, and businesses are starting to rebound. There is light at the end of the tunnel, people, and it’s a beautiful thing.

 

It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. Does your family have plans yet?

 

After a year of being stuck at home together, I’m sure you’re looking for ways to get the kids out of the house some. Well I’ve got good news for you: Camps are back! There are plenty of options right here in the Wiregrass. You can explore those, as well as some pretty cool regional overnight camps, in our annual Summer Camp Guide. You’ll definitely want to make your decisions early this year, as most camps have fewer spaces due to COVID still being an issue.

 

If you’re not sure if camp is right for your child or don’t know how to narrow down the choices, be sure to check out our feature articles, 7 Reasons Parents Should Consider Sending Their Child to Camp and Choosing the Right Day Camp for Your Child.

 

Also in this issue, an inspiring interview with one of my most favorite women in the Wiregrass. Harolyn Benjamin has been my friend for going on a decade now, and her words of wisdom are always on point. Even when she’s going through a tough time, she still chooses joy and never misses an opportunity to give back to this community. Fair warning, you may want to grab a tissue before you read her story.

 

Spring is officially sprung in the Wiregrass, and our April calendar certainly reflects the season. There are lots of family-friendly events happening throughout the month, including the Wiregrass Hope Group’s Family FitFest and the Superhero 5K Run/Walk to Prevent Child Abuse.

 

The most special date circled on my calendar is my daughter’s 6th birthday. My art-loving girl is well on her way to becoming an independent reader and is learning how to tie her own shoes. She’s becoming more independent and can officially fold and put away her own laundry. Pretty soon she’ll be graduating kindergarten.

I hope you and your family find reasons to get out and enjoy all that the Wiregrass has to offer this time of year. Except maybe the pollen. Okay, definitely the pollen.

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. She grew up in Blakely, GA. She graduated from Early County High School in 2005 and went on to graduate from Troy University in 2009. Ashton has been interested in journalism since high school where she was on the newspaper staff for three years. In college she worked with the yearbook and the Advertising & Public Relations Society. She interned with Dothan Magazine in the summer of 2008 and worked as a producer and Executive Producer for WTVY-TV for nine years. Ashton married her husband, Chris, in 2012. They welcomed their daughter, Alexis, in 2015. They also have a dog, Jackson, and cat, Cooper.

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