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A vintage shot from Burt’s Farm. PHOTOS BY MELISSA LOWRIE

Goodbye for now

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By Melissa Lowrie

I can’t believe it, but it’s time to say goodbye.

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Two Canoe Kids plus five years equals … Canoe Teens?  

Since the idea for Canoe Kids was hatched and the column debuted in June 2011, we’ve been on some grand adventures. At the time, my children were 9 and 7 and that first column took us to Consolidated Gold Mines in Dahlonega. I still remember how cool it was in the mines. It was, and continues to be, a good place to visit in the summer.

 With the passage of time comes new things for every parent. Thoughts have shifted in my house to club soccer, the high school tennis team, makeup, learner’s permits, FIFA for Xbox and curfews. When coming from the land of American Girl dolls, Wii U, Disney Channel and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books, it’s a little like entering a foreign country where no one speaks English.

As my Canoe Kids are growing up, my husband and I are being thrust into a new phase.

Ah, the dreaded (and desperate) life of “Parents with Teens.”

Before I fully enter this new chapter, I want to remember the good times, like when a trip to the pediatrician for a shot was followed by a Dairy Queen run for an Ice Cream Bravery Award. (Actually, they still ask for ice cream after a doctor visit.) Or when I had trouble keeping up with the Gogurt demand … we went through A LOT of tubes of yogurt. Now, instead of Gogurt patrol, I get asked about the Wi-Fi or “Can we go to Starbucks?”

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  We visited lakes, waterparks and rivers for kayaking,
tubing and simply to cool off.

While I ask forgiveness for lamenting time gone by, I also want to thank you for reading this column for five years. I’ve heard from many of you who have had thechance to take kids or grands on a Canoe Kids’ adventure. It’s been fun to bring you all along for the ride, and I hope we’ve encouraged some fun times. From Pine Mountain to Helen and back, we’ve managed to see and do some cool stuff.

Most of the past columns are archived on Smoke Signals Online: www.bigcanoenews.com. It’s a great resource of things to do in the area with kids. Just click under the A&E tab.

I say goodbye for now because if I run across something fantastic, I most assuredly will want to let you know. Until then, hug your babies … blink and they’ll be asking for gas money.

Wherever you end up, have a great time.

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