Darlene Rogers

Hello Middleville my name is Darlene and I am excited to join this wonderful, informative group of caring individuals. I arrived in this area in 2004 and intend to remain as close to the coast as possible. My husband and I have been married for eight years and have a busy blended family of seven. Yes Seven! We have two daughters, three sons, a Poodle and a Rottweiler yet somehow we blend well. I guess that makes Nine! Each child participates in at least two extra- curricular activities,(athletics , social organizations or academic) which means we can tell you the best place to sit on any bleacher as well as which school has the best popcorn on the east coast. Our children range from 19 – 13 years old with completely different personalities. The oldest son is serving our country in the Army and our oldest daughter is in college. The youngest three are currently making career plans from high and middle school. Human service is my field of choice and miraculously completed a masters degree with my busy family schedule last year. I’m currently working in a Human service position with some of the best Marines and their families in the country. It is my pleasure to aide those that due to unforeseen circumstances, need a bit of assistance. My passions are spending time with my family, reading, writing, photography, sketching and cooking. I am looking forward to this new journey here in Middleville, so buckle up as we tour life as we know it.

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My Daughter’s Whistling Takes Me Back

 

My daughter can whistle, but I cannot. These days, I hear her whistling all the time and it always makes me happy.

It also gives me a little insight into Maggie’s brain like watching her from afar. She only whistles when she’s content.

I also try to notice whether she’s whistling a tune or just playing around. Sometimes she whistles favorite pop songs, sometimes band songs, most often it’s “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter movies.

I come from a long line of whistlers, mostly male. My father whistles, my Uncle Mike had a particular whistle he did through his teeth. My Grandpa whistled too, sometimes the teeth whistle, sometimes the traditional way.

When I hear Maggie’s whistle from another room it takes me back to hearing these men in my family doing the same when I was little.

It’s interesting when a characteristic from a family member revisits you via your child. Of course, most often it’s his or her physical appearance. When my niece was born, my father-in-law said she looked so much like his mother (who had long since passed away) that he expected her to wag her finger at him.

Sometimes it is characteristics, like the way my younger daughter has started to find second hand treasures and turn them into art, just like my grandmother did.

It always makes me feel connected to the past, and even makes me wonder what parts of me date back to ancestors I never met, like my great-grandfather who was a newspaperman.

Does your child have a physical feature, talent or quirk that reminds you of your parent or grandparent? What is it? Have you told your child?

 

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