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Around the Square
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 • Posted May 4, 2011

Kiddos.

Baby ones.

Little ones.

Pre-teen.

Lots and lots of kiddos.

Maybe it’s "kiddoes."

Similar to "does" for doe.

Do-si-do.

Swing your partner round and round.

Oops.

Veering off the subject.

Don’t go down a pig’s trail.

(As my mother used to say.)

Kids.

Children.

Infants.

Lots of ‘em here.

And apparently they all need day care.

A few years ago, 30 percent of the employed in this country worked in the child day care industry.

Thanks to budget cuts and loss of jobs, many day care centers have now closed.

But not here.

Steady Steps

They are located at the First United Methodist Church.

Head Start

Precious Moments Montessori Preschool

And Little Punchers Child Development Center will soon open its facilities in the building in front of the Post Office on Hwy 87.

All are centrally located and convenient for daily drop-offs and pick-ups.

Costs vary.

Some charge on a sliding scale.

Regardless, every working parent faces the dilemma of day care.

Especially the single parent.

And these days it seems like both parents have to work just to make ends meet.

Enter oma or abuela.

Or memaw, granny, mimi, nana, gram.

(So many creative names for grandmothers.)

Auntie or tia.

Sister or hermana.

Niece or sobrina.

Or a neighbor often fills the need for child care.

But just as often, there isn’t extended family to help.

Or they’re over-extended already.

Wherever the child goes, may there be a song in their heart:

"Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey

A kiddley divey too, wooden shoe."

Written in 1943 by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston.

Each an accomplished writer and composer in his own right.

And a popular little ditty ever since.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

operates a couple blocks south of the square on Hwy 87.
can be found north of the square off Hwy 386.
offers day care.

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