College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 060116
2 Publisher JUNE 2016 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM Last month we reported how hot the real estate market is in College Park right now, and I’ve witnessed firsthand how true that is! Back in 2012, I bought a fixer-upper and have had a great time putting my personal touches on it — to the extent my budget would allow — to create a comfortable little nest for my daughter and myself. As a Realtor, I experienced my clients’ excitement at how quickly houses were moving in the 32804, so I decided to throw mine into the mix. Sure enough, the first person who looked at it made me a full-price offer. While I will miss my incredibly sweet neighbors, I’m excited for my next project. I found another house nearby that was built in 1953. Its walls have known the memories of only one family. Walking through the door onto the original hardwood floors, I could just feel the history. I can’t wait to put my own touches on this new-to-me house in preparation for the memories my family will bring. And speaking of memories ... As I packed up for my move, I came across a box filled with memorabilia from my childhood. There were love letters from an old boyfriend, Mother’s Day cards I had hand-made my mom, and best of all, my diary from when I was 12 years old. My daughter Abby and I pored through the written proof that mine was an adolescence filled with insecurity and angst. As sad as some of my diary entries were, I don’t know that the two of us have ever laughed together as hard as we did that day. As Abby read aloud, she could barely wrap her mind around the fact that this desperate, pathetic little girl could have been the mom she knew. As for me, I wanted to go back in time and shake some sense into that kid. I wanted to tell her that no, her life wasn’t going to end because the cutest boy in school liked another girl. I wanted to assure her that she wasn’t even on the radar of that girl who she thought didn’t like her. I wanted to let that young girl I was know that her mom was right when she told her she “didn’t know what true love was.” Yes, I was only 12. Until I read through that old diary, I had forgotten how real all of it felt at the time. It’s wild, isn’t it, how the adolescent mind is so dramatic? Thank goodness we aren’t pent up in those Publisher’s Desk Debbie Goetz Publisher/Editor Debbie Goetz Contributors Teresa TL Bruce, David Karch, Lindsay Chamberlin, Kellie Rae Parkin, Karima Lanfranco, Becky Dreisbach Summer Intern Alexis Vilaboy Production OPS Submissions If you have news you would like to share with your community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising For rates, deadlines and specifications, please email publisher@ collegeparkpaper.com Policy Statement All submissions become the property of College Park Paper, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reprinted without permission of publisher. All adver- tisements, announcements and ar- ticles submitted are subject to refusal or editing at publisher’s discretion. ©2016 College Park Paper, LLC 648 Dartmouth Street Orlando, FL 32804 321-236-7455 collegeparkpaper.com CollegePark COMMUNITY PAPER Sharing the good news happening in the community since 1989 Move brings back memories of another me young minds forever. Most of us can look back on our youth and acknowledge the great benefits we get with age: confidence, courage, reason. So take it from me, whether it’s yours or your child’s, don’t throw away written documentation from childhood. Sometimes a little reminder of how far we’ve come can do wonders, not only in how we view ourselves, but as we try to relate to the very real (to them) things our own kids might be dealing with. As it turns out, that girl I thought didn’t like me turned out to be- come my lifelong best friend, and in spite of Randy liking Sally instead of me, it turns out I COULD find love again. Who knew?! Be sure to say hello to our summer intern, Alexis Vilaboy, if you see her out and about in the neighborhood. Alexis grew up in Miami and will be entering her senior year at UCF this fall. We are excited to have this talented, aspiring journalist on board!