2014-01-31 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

By Beth Hanning

While having lunch with some girlfriends last January one of my friends asked me if I had seen Kevin Boyle’s post about recruiting new columnists for The Wave? When I said I had, but had not heard as of then I felt I had put myself out there and was rejected. So, imagine my surprise when in the next week’s edition of the paper I had my own column.

I had pitched my piece to Kevin as a column that would represent my life as a mother, wife and teacher, a “Slice of Life” column and that is exactly what Kevin named my column.

I was quite nervous as to the response of my column (because Rockaway people can be tough), but so far I have enjoyed the last year tremendously. One of the things I enjoy is my new nickname: Slice of Life. My older daughter has even been called this upon entering a local restaurant. When one of my friends heard that they felt awful for my daughter, luckily my children are thick skinned and they have probably encountered far worse things said about me!

Since this is my one-year anniversary of the column, I would like to thank a few people for supporting me and giving me material each week. 1. Kevin Boyle: Each week I send in my column (sometimes early, sometimes late) and he is always so positive and easy-going to work for. I particularly love the titles he gives my columns each week. 2. My family: Many columns point out different things my husband, my children, and other family members do. My husband has always been a good sport and he keeps telling me to wait until he writes his column about me. I have a feeling I am safe from that threat. My girls are also good sports, probably due to a few instances where some popular young men have complimented me while they were with me. Thanks guys. 3. My social media family. Posts I have seen on social media have inspired many columns in the past year.

Thank you to all who use social media. 4. My dad: If not for my dad I do not think I would be as popular.

Many people stop me in the street and ask me when I am going to write about my dad again. Everyone has a story about their parents and many people can relate. He is forever giving me material from his text messaging skills, lack of computer skills and overall personality. I recently texted him asking him if I could borrow his car.

This is the exact response I received: “C fish cake from where?” I could not even respond to the text message. I had to call him. As soon as he answered the phone in his Spanish accent on and answered: “Si’” I knew what the “C” meant. I tried to explain to him how to spell yes in Espanol, but he was not laughing. I then had to ask about the fish cake reference. That was not meant for me. That was meant for my aunt. Obviously.

Thanks everyone and remember thinking of a topic each week is quite difficult so if you have an idea shoot me an email at beth81772@aol.com or Tweet me @ BethHanning2. Have a great week.

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