The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 31, 1998 · Page 89
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 89

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, March 31, 1998
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The Palm Beach Post w SECTION D I INSIDE 55PLUS Meet area folks who stay young by ' taking leadership roles in their communities. ; PAGE 3D TREATING ADDICTION An estimated 25 percent to 40 percent of hospital stays are linked to substance abuse, says the National Institutes of Health. icmii&iisii, nvjfai rami bcovii, Loxahatchee and Lake Communities I TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 ACCENT L - v J.JK V" I Ron Wiggins Last times in child's life x s- Vi J- r-' Cm y ... - sj .JSr. ft r-4 V . j are special, too . - ( A ...... W 1 By JANIS FONTAINE Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ; hen your great-great- ; "I'm addicted to it," Archer admits, grandchildren pull out "because it's just so much fun!" the family albums, will She's Dart of a crowinir lecion of Ck JAM t rV they know who's in the . scrapbook fans who spent more than pictures? Will they know $200 million nationally last vpar to rut the history of their own family? and paste a record of their families. Yes if a member of your clan is The scrapbooking movement start- like Toni Archer of West Palm Beach. ed as an offshoot of the Mormons' Archer has spent hundreds of dol- interest in geneology. In 1981 the first lars and nearly as many hours careful- store devoted strictly to the craft ly creating scrapbooks for each of her opened in Spring Fort, Utah. And in children. She's chronicled birthdays, 1987, a business dedicated to the craft, dance recitals, soccer games and the Creative Memories, was launched by a first day of kindergarten. She has Minnesota businesswoman and a pages devoted to a family vacation in Montana mom. North Carolina and her kids' first sight of snow. And that's just the beginning. Please see SCRAPB00K4D 7 V ; . The nice thing about sandals if you're 4 years old is that you have excellent access to your toes. To a young child, 10 toes pass for a basic home entertainment system. ' .' I noticed this at breakfast Sunday after my granddaughter Aly wriggled enough room to rest her head in her grandmother's lap. At the same time, she drew her feet onto the seat so she could get at her toes. ' "How many times have I told you not to put your feet on furniture?" asked her mother, Chris. "And playing with your toes! Now we have to wash your hands." Funny thing about grandmothers. After doing a perfect job of parenting, you'd think they would sit back on cruise control and let their children rear their own perfect kids. Funny how it doesn't work out that way. From one stage to another Nellie, helping her granddaughter sit up, said to Chris, "Years from now, when Aly walks down the aisle to get married, I'm sure she won't put her feet on the furniture or play with her toes." Chris bit her lip and then allowed Nellie the privilege of escorting Aly to the restroom for the wash-up. . .. ; The episode reminded me that childhood stages are known by behavior. When a baby stops putting his feet in his mouth, a stage closes and another begins. But who is there with the camera for that farewell toe suck? First times, you can document. Last" ""r times sneak by. How will we know when Aly plays with her toes for that last time? Nellie is right. All the stages, the cute and the annoying, will end soon enough. Catching lightning in a bottle is easier than documenting last times. Whenever we go out for breakfast, and my granddaughter gets restless while we wait for our food, I open a creamer cup and make her "fairy milk" by stirring in a few grains of sugar. When will she be too old for fairy milk? In our Florida room, we have a plushly upholstered cat perch. Aly is still small enough to crawl up on the perch's second tier and pretend she's a cat. How many more times? Supplies are limited. The magic behind large boxes A few weeks ago, we had some UPS deliveries that left us with several large boxes to flatten for the recycling bin. But when I got my box cutter, Aly quite ; properly scolded me. "Pop Ron, I want to play with them." I had forgotten you can climb into a : box and pretend that you're in a boat or a ; cave. And if memory serves, snow-de- prived children can "sled" down a grassy ' embankment in a box. I'm sure Aly hasn't made her last tent ; in the house out of blankets or gotten too big to snuggle up to her grandmother or me for a back scratch, or brought us her ; artwork to admire. But I do know mom ; has cut her waffle for the last time. I was there at Nick's 50's Diner in West Palm Beach when Aly returned ; from her wash-up to witness the outrage ; of her mother sawing away on her waffle. She was quite big enough to cut her own waffle, thank you very much. "Well, excuse me," Chris said, and not for the last time either, I'll bet. work of a V . 1 mm yu i in ii . V A - - ' "I ..' I -V, ' - .'y(T- 1 JENNIFER POOISStatt Photographer, 66 We have a saying in the American stroller industry. Make it any color so long as it's navy bluo. Nancy Burkhart, U.S. marketing director a Japanese stroller maker American stroller shoppers buy up a blue streak modern moms with girls are rejecting traditional ideas of what "feminine" colors should be, while parents remain averse as ever to the idea of rolling boys around in hot pink or other colors one might find in the Barbie aisles of Toys "R" Us. As if to prove that point, Ann Argabright of San Francisco says she was recently tempted by an unusual blue-orange stroller at Lullaby Lane, a store in San Bruno, Calif., but stuck with navy. "I happen to be having a boy," she explained, "so it's like, blue is fine." VS. sales of strollers and baby carriages rose an estimated 6 percent last year, to $318 million, thanks mostly to the advent of new models such as tricycle-type strollers for joggers. But sales of traditional models were flat or down, leading manufacturers to Bug juice. Mystery meat. Greasy, grimy gopher guts. Must be time to find a summer camp. Read how you can submit information to be included in an upcoming Accent list of summer camps. PAGE 3D By Barbara Carton 7V Hall Strrrt Journal Walk into any baby store, and you will find aisles of newfangled baby buggies: multiple seaters for multiple births, strollers that convert into car seats, foldups, lYomethean perambulators and combo pram-strollers. And the vast majority are navy blue. In Italy, bambini ride in wild yellows and orange. German infants are wheeled about in chartreuse. But in the U.S., where even grown men wear poison -green country -club pants and Izod shirts the color of Pepto-Bismol, there is only one color of stroller that sells. "We have a saving in the American stroller industry," says Nancy Burkhart, U.S. marketing director for Combi Corp., a Japanese stroller maker. "Make it any color so long as it's navy blue." , No one knows or sure why Americans prt.'er babies on wheels in monochrome. "To the American, navy is European-traditional," suggests Donna Sanders, a division manager for Brio AB, a Swedish stroller company. "You aren't out on a limb with navy," offers Melanie Wood, president of the Color Marketing Group, an association of 1.400 color designers. "You aren't risking anything. You're being very safe." Color designers say navy is nonaggressive, calming, dignified. But Paola Parodi, European marketing director for Italian stroller-maker Peg Perego. has another theory: Europeans buy for their children's tastes, so their buggy patterns resemble children's clothing bows, lace ruffles and all. But Americans view strollers as miniature cars and want a style that "reflects their own tastes." Not every car that comes from Detroit is blue, of course, but VS. automotive druthers do tend toward muted colors. Another hypothesis i cuses on a possible time warp in gender onsoousm ss. By this theory, many Mease see STROLLERS Ik

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