On to 2010! Welcome to the “tween” years of the new millennium. Tweens brim with energy, attitude, curiosity and eventually hormones. They laugh, scream, giggle and run headlong into new experiences.
They listen less to adults, and these days they communicate expertly with each other via text, phone, e-mail and word of mouth.
They have mood swings and are consumed with exploring new territories, including the uncharted lands of who they are and who they might become.
Parents of tweens know all too well the peaks and valleys of living with them, but the upheaval is understandable.
Tweens face pressures to fit in, sometimes bullying and more intense responsibilities of homework and social situations as they transition to middle school.
On the other side, tweens have become a huge marketing demographic as evidenced by the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana.
Let's make the best of the next few years with an understanding of our vulnerabilities coupled with fearlessness to take on the future. We are more powerful than we realize. It's time to harness the best of these tween years to take on the challenges we face as a community and a country.
In the next few weeks we'll be sharing lots of events in Geneva in January and February. As always, some will be familiar and others are fresh and worth your consideration. Right off the bat is the 10th Annual Geneva Historic Bus Tour. Can you believe it's been a decade since Mal Martin narrated the first one on a small little bus?
Now we use a beautiful air-conditioned coach and it is a smooth and comfy ride for 90 minutes.
Learn about the history of Geneva and the many, many historic structures still standing that you pass by every day.
The tour is Feb. 6 and there are new bus times: 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. This gives you plenty of time to also enjoy the Geneva Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 to11:30 a.m. and the Geneva Museum next door.
Make this tour a must do on your January to-do list-and remember the seats fill up quickly so register early. Call 407-349-9982 and leave your name, number of your party and the bus time you desire.
You will be contacted back with confirmation information. You can also e-mail MargieILJ@aol.com and the cost is $9 with children on your lap is free.
Today’s Seminole County Planning and Zoning Meeting at the county office at 1101 E. 1st St. in Sanford may interest rural residents.
The Rybolt/Lamar Group is petitioning for Seminole County to move the rural boundary and build commercial developments along Snow Hill Road. Chuluota neighbors could use Geneva’s support.