Back row: Andrew, Christopher and Matthew Parker. Front row: Howie, Kelly and Ryan Eckert — in a family photo — an old one!
As we close out the first month of January, here’s what I’ve learned from the Eckert Parker bunch in no particular order:
Granddaughter Mia — fruit snacks taste much better than they did 20 years ago. I remember some waxy gobs of flavorless goo. And Princess Sofia on the Disney channel is a lot of fun. A blanket and a staircase can make for interesting sleeping quarters. She fits on a step — we don’t.
Ryan Eckert — when you find your passion for a career, the world opens up opportunities. Our finance major is having a great senior year.
Matthew Parker — our new assistant principal will go from classroom to administration, and we are so proud. His wife, Mo, recently lost her dad, and it’s been a tough road in recent years. But these young parents of Mia are fun to watch — and they will bring a new little Parker girl into the fold in April.
Howie Eckert — He hasn’t been home in more than a year, but Erie weather has followed the good doctor to the shores of Virginia where his corner of the world was under a state of snow emergency. Frozen pipes can’t keep this transplant down. He’s learned to cope with an unprecedented 10 inches of snow in a place that never sees snow.
Andrew Parker — Also a Virginia resident, Andrew and his wife, Devin, are getting hit hard with snow outside Washington D.C. These kids have adapted well to big-city life in a much more expensive environment. We are proud.
Kelly Eckert — Our CPA, a big-city girl, is finding that cars don’t always last 10 years. It’s my fault — in the Strosser family, we kept cars till they fell apart. Well, Kelly’s is getting there. Sorry, little girl.
Christopher Parker — Family will always be there. Always. When one door closes, another one — a better one — usually opens. Chris is always there for all of us. And vice-versa.
February will be a great month. Two of the kids have birthdays, and it’s a month for Valentine’s Day. The fam keeps moving forward.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.