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A blur of activity to get to the beach


So, here is a post I wrote a week ago Saturday morning, just before we left on our annual <a href=”http://www.longbeachisland.com/beach_haven.html” target=”_blank”>beach vacation</a>. (I ended up not posting it that morning because I thought to myself, “Hey, maybe I shouldn’t advertise that we are going on vacation! Some crackpot could use this as an excuse to steal our vast horde of … well, not pricey electronic goods … but stuff. Definitely stuff.â€? Think I was being too paranoid?)

Hi Parents’ Place readers! Pumpkin, her dad and I are heading off to the beach any minute now. Really. As soon as we pack the car. (At the last minute. My sister-in-law, who is going, too, packed Thursday night!) And as soon as we take showers, get Pumpkin up and dressed. (And finish that last load of wash. Find my beach towel. Get the diaper bag ready. You see a trend here.)

Why is it that some parents are the kind with lunches packed the night before and I have to be the kind that says, “Oh well, that’s what rest stops are for?” My mom sent me an e-mail quiz this week that asked, “<a href=”http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess%20humor/martha-maxine.htm” target=”_blank”>Are you a Martha or a Maxine</a>?” alluding to the famous homemaking icon from Bedford and the comic crank of greeting card fame. You had to pick whether you were the type to make a cake from scratch or stop at the bakery, use an apple to keep potatoes fresh or buy instant and, well, you get the idea. I scanned it and said to myself, “I am a Martha!” Ha! Good one, Julie.

This entry was posted on Monday, July 30th, 2007 at 11:39 pm by Julie Moran Alterio. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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Parents’ Place is a hangout for openly discussing the A’s to Z’s of raising a child in the Lower Hudson Valley. From deciding when to stop using a binky to when to let your teenager take driving lessons, Parents’ Place is here to let us all vent, share, and most of all, learn from each other.
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Julie Moran AlterioJulie Moran AlterioJulie Moran Alterio, her husband and baby girl — “Pumpkin” — share their Northern Westchester home with three iPods and more colorful plastic toys than seems necessary to entertain one tiny human. READ MORE
Jorge Fitz-GibbonJorge Fitz-GibbonJorge Fitz-Gibbon has been a journalist for more than 20 years and a father for nine. READ MORE
Jane LernerJane LernerJane Lerner covers health and hospitals for The Journal News in Rockland, where she lives with her husband and two children. READ MORE
Len Maniace.jpgLen ManiaceLen Maniace is a reporter and father of two sons. READ MORE