By Jennie Montgomery


It seems like it takes a funeral to bring people together, which is sad because I’m sure the person who died would have loved to see the ones who came to say goodbye. We had a funeral in January. The time with extended family gave us a chance to watch some old home movies. A trip down memory lane gets emotional. Zack was the first to admit, “I cried like a baby.” Sky added, “I have great memories sitting at the dinner table, Mom.” We laughed a lot and I never wanted to sit by Zack or Maddy.” Maddy remembered the carpool days. “Miss Dawn always prayed with us before we got out of the car.” 

Are you KIDDING ME? 

Good grief!! I was the mom who came screeching up to the front of the school, one minute before the bell screaming, “Go, Go, Go!” as my little ones grabbed book bags and lunch boxes and hopped out of the van. They went to school traumatized on my days and blessed on Dawn’s. Then again, I’ve always told my girls, “I am NOT a role model. I am a horrible warning!!!” It’s hard to believe those three kids who raced to beat the bell are grown. They’re almost 22, 23 and 24. Maddy is a young career woman. Zack and Sky are still in school, figuring out what the future holds and now I’m figuring out the future. 

It’s time for me to pass this column along to someone who is in the trenches. But first, I must applaud my husband, Scott Elledge, for being a great dad and supportive spouse…and a good sport.  

I can’t say goodbye without thanking the amazing Michael Rushbrook whose drawings added the perfect chuckle to complement my words.

And finally, thank you for sharing in my family’s journey over the last 16 years through my columns in Family Chronicles and this publication. It has been a privilege to laugh with you, commiserate with you and go through this adventure of parenthood with you. I may be leaving Augusta Family Magazine but I’ll still see you at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on WJBF NewsChannel 6. Kids grow up fast. Don’t miss it.

This article appears in the March 2017 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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