Yup. Still relevant.

My kids and I play a little game where we look for clues to prove that a piece of our past lives still has relevance today.  

My son--as an actor--and I--as a Chair of the Lobby Committee--were members of the Summit High School Mary Poppins Facebook page. Mary Poppins was the 2016 Spring Musical, and it won the Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Best Production.  

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So, where’s the relevancy?  Well, right now, Cinderella is playing at the Papermill. Another Mary Poppins cast mom went to see it last weekend; she posted in the old Facebook group a photo of an ad from the Cinderella show program which featured the Mary Poppins cast on the Papermill stage front and center after they won the award. Bam.

Absolutely still relevant was the message I sent with the photo to my son who is studying in Spain.

This morning, I went to cover the Board of Education Coffee at Washington Elementary School.  Ours was a Washington School family for 12 years; each of my three kids attended K-5 in those pre-primary-center years.  I was PTO President. I ran two Girl Scout troops for six years each. 

Washington was in our blood.  

It was kind of eerie to walk the halls after a decade away. The new security measures were evident. New murals decorated the walkways.

Although many of the old faces were gone, I was surprised by how many hello hugs I was able to gather after my 10-year absence.

After the meeting, I ambled down a long hall to leave and was stopped in my tracks by my son’s smiling face. The hallway is filled with Field Day and Colonial Day photos dating back to my kid’s time.  

What was even more fun is a wall filled with athletic photos for past gym-class feats. I found both my girls, who had somehow managed to earn spots on the “Rope Climb Hall of Fame.”  Remember the “Presidential Fitness Test?” The national program ended in 2012, so my girls are in no danger of being unseated.

The best part came while I was taking photos of the photos.  A group of girls walked by and one of them shouted out, “Hey, it’s Mona’s mom!”

Mona is my puppy.  Yup. Still relevant!

Melanie Wilson teaches women entrepreneurs how to write better through a series of Business Writing Bootcamps. She runs a local chapter of Believe, Inspire, Grow (BIG), a women in business empowerment group, covers the education beat in Summit, NJ for TAPinto Summit and does the marketing for a local professional theatre company. She lives in Summit, NJ and is watching her children slowly leave the nest. This column will take a look at any and all of the above. You can reach her at melaniewilsonsummit@gmail.com. Visit melaniewilsonmedia.com.