By Paige Tucker

Some family friends of ours love to tell the story of me falling fast asleep, face first into a plate of coleslaw when I was eighteen months old.

They were keeping me for the weekend and Cindy had worn me out, to say the least. She had taken me swimming, shopping and to feed ducks at the park.

After a day of fun, we met her husband for dinner. They put me in a highchair and started feeding me right away. They couldn’t have looked away for more than a quick second and the next thing they knew, I was out cold in the creamy cabbage. As Cindy tells it, it’s made for great family fodder over the years.

I’m sure moms can relate to that exhaustion this time of year, trying to keep up on the treadmill that is May! Julia Reynolds is still young enough that the end of the year hasn’t taken on a life of its own yet. But even with the few activities we’re involved in, there is a lot to pack in before summer break. There are recitals, end of the year parties and plenty of last hoorahs for this and that.

I imagine mamas of large families must pray for June to come quick. I don’t know how my own mom did it with three active, involved children going in all different directions. There was a lot of “divide and conquer” in our household, but wow, the “Mays” make for some fabulous family memories!

My mom says she feels so sentimental this time of year, as we all do when thinking of the wonderful late springs she experienced raising three children. From attending kindergarten graduations and honors days to planning prom picture gatherings, the memories are sweet.

Buckle up, the dog days of summer will be here before you know it and another May’s memories with children in the nest will be a deposit in life’s bank. I plan to savor each hoorah with my own family and those we celebrate and get as much rest as I can along the way… coleslaw face is only cute when you’re a toddler!


After twelve years in local news, most recently as evening anchor of NBC 26, Paige Tucker is now a work-at-home mom and freelance journalist. She produces two series for NBC 26 TV, First Responders and 26 Women Today, and you can see those stories on Tuesday nights. Paige and her husband have one daughter, Julia Reynolds.

This article appears in the May 2018 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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