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Dear Reader

by Vaun Thygerson
Staff writer and mother of three
The fine art of sarcasm is sorely lost on my children.  Case in point: I was recently roller skating with my six-year-old when he asked me, in complete sincerity, if they had invented roller skates when I was a kid.  I told him with a straight face, without even a hint of mockery, "Roller skates… no way.  In fact, I am so old that they hadn't even invented the wheel when I was a little girl."  He bought it 100 percent – no question and with no understanding that it was a joke at all!  So, instead of surmising that I am (WAY) older than I look or that I can't deliver

a proper punch line, I have concluded that my children simply don't understand my sense of humor.  Or, they have their own unique humorous flair that I don't get.  

I can remember when my now 13-year-old daughter was five years old, and she and her friend Ally were cracking themselves up with the most ridiculous, made-up knock-knock jokes ever.  One zinger after another followed by fits of hysteria.  I would laugh at these nonsensical jokes, because I had so much fun watching their enjoyment at my amusement.  They really believed I thought their jokes were funny.  Now, as a full-fledged teenager, she tells "real" jokes, and I genuinely laugh!

   I miss those days of randomness and whimsy, just as I know one day, sooner than I want to imagine, I will miss the days when my kindergartner asked me crazy questions about my childhood.  That's the inevitable progression of life – we grow up!  Or do we?  Just ask humorist Tracie Grimes and see what she says.

In her Humor at Home article, "Remember 50 is the New 40" on page 13, she reminisces about her and her cousin's mischievous antics in their youth.  They played a lot of pranks on their uncle; and now, as they have matured and grown up, they haven't given up their prankish demeanors.  They have just found new targets:  their children.  

Like Tracie, I have been in a reminiscing mood myself.  Maybe it's because I have been working on our Baby Issue this month and realizing that my babies are no longer babies.  One of our feature articles for this issue is how new moms can get back into their exercise routine after having a baby.  Check out, "Move It, Baby:  Postpartum Workouts," on page 8.  Thanks to Dr. Mark Root of Memorial Hospital, Leigh Pozas of Total Woman Fitness, and Lisa Cooper of Adventure Boot Camp for their expert advice on this important topic.  The main consensus:  exercising does wonders for your physical and mental well-being.

Another way to improve your mental health is by reading.  A good book, where you engage the characters and get involved in the story, can add so much to your life.  You'll find Tracie Grimes's monthly book review on page 20.  This time around, she recommends "Basher:  Go! Go! BoBo Time" by Simon Basher; "Randy Riley's Really Big Hit" by Christ Van Dusen; and, "Titanic:  The Search for the Lost Fugitive" by Anita Croy.  And just in time for Mother's Day, she recommends for moms, "Hypocrite in a Poufy White Dress:  Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless."

 May is all about enjoying flowers and Sunday brunches with our families, especially on Mother's Day.  Take the time to tell a funny joke or read a good book or squeeze your cute baby's cherub cheek.  Savor all of life's precious moments!   Happy Mother's Day to all our fabulous moms!      

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