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Enjoy flavors of May

May 6, 2012
By PATTY CHRISTOPHER - Food Columnist , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Happy May! The month of new beginnings and nice weather (we hope). May is the month we plant our gardens, attend graduations, start up the grill for summer, make summer vacation plans and say to heck with what spring cleaning didn't get done. The flowers seem the prettiest this month for some reason. The most important event in many families this month is the graduation of a child. It might just be from kindergarten or it might be from college, but a graduation is sooo important to that child. For the little ones, they are starting to feel the change to being a real kid. For college graduates, it means some serious decisions and they are decisions that will determine their future in life. Serious business. They may have a job offer that they like, or they may be looking and there is nothing out there at this time. Do they stay in school for an advanced degree, go back to their parents' home and beg for their room back, see if McDonald's is hiring, or marry someone that has a job because none of the other options are available. That last decision is probably the worst one they could make, but some do it. If they have a stepparent and the relationship hasn't been all that great, the decision to move back home can be bad for everyone, too, and may not even be available. Even if one takes a low-paying job if it is available, there has to be somewhere to live and those jobs usually don't provide enough income to move into a place of one's own. Sometimes the choice of degree one gets isn't one needed in the current job market, and sometimes lack of finances prevents added schooling. Of course, I bleed khaki blood (or is it NATO green or camo now), so I think the military is a great solution as the best career anyone can have. Big decisions for young people.

 
 

 

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