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It’s tough

being a mother

As a 24-year-old, single, young mother, it seems as though I am constantly struggling to make ends meet. I appear to be losing my sparkle of happiness due to my relentless and undying attempts to continue to support myself and my son.

Growing up, I was always a fun-loving, energetic, happy, bubbly girl, but these past few months have taken a toll on my vibrance and vigor for life.

With a passion for writing, I traveled down the path of a two-year college with a chubby, baby boy on one hip, and a dead-end job on the other. Unfortunately, I had to put my passion on hold, for the time being, to lighten my load, save my sanity and preserve some of the youth that still twinkles in my eyes. As an opportunity to salvage some of the fervor and enthusiasm still glowing inside of me, I ask you...please allow me to express my feelings, passions and questions the best way I know how—my written words.

How do all the rest of the single, young mothers manage to maintain their sanity, happiness and youth, all the while working and parenting their children - alone? How does one person manage to be a mother, a father, a friend, a teacher, a cook, a nurse (all in one day in one home), and still manage to hold an entirely different job away from home?

A mother is truly an amazing, miraculous, all-powerful super hero! Children, kiss your mother today and let her know that she is appreciated and loved. You'll never know how much she needs, and deserves, to hear those words!

/s/ Brittny Smith, Goldendale

Volunteers lauded

Sunnyside Recreation would like to thank all who volunteered at the Pepsi Pitch, Hit & Run event. We appreciate all of their time and effort, which made the event a successful program.

Thanks to Heather Van Corbach, Darla Van Corbach, Tyler Leighty, Jim Leighty, Tammy Leighty, Bob Sarmiento, Dominique Mariscal, Sherri Holden, Gary Niemeyer, John Niemeyer, Katie Lies, Bob Lies, Jason Aguirre, Dorothy Leonard and the Sunnyside Recreation staff of Sandra Medrano and Samantha Guevara.

All the participants had a great time showing their baseball skills. We look forward to offering this program next year.

Once again, thank you very much for your help.

/s/ Joan Niemeyer, Coordinator, Sunnyside Community Center & Recreation Department

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