Meet one of our fans, Dixie Fuller, from Vancouver, WA. She plays our puzzle in the Clark County Columbian. Dixie belongs to Columbia Mothers of Twins Clubs.
On March 3rd, 2019, we ran a puzzle entitled Mom Groups, and the puzzle caught Dixie’s attention. She loved it so much that she reached out to us, shared her article, and gave us great praise.
Since they have members celebrating 50 years of membership, we decided to share her article and the puzzle we created with all of you.
We hope you enjoy it.
David Ouellet & Linda Boragina
If Only I Could Find The Right Word
By Dixie Fuller
Every Sunday, The Columbian runs a “find the word” puzzle in the Business section. It’s called Wonderword, and Dave Ouellet makes a large puzzle with a theme. The words are listed to match the theme, and to finish, you must find all the words. Sometimes it’s easy, and other times it is hard. For instance, the theme is maybe Germany, and all the words are long and complicated. Being unfamiliar, they are not easy to spot, and for me, that takes so much longer….sometimes two days! This last Sunday, the theme was “Mom Groups”.
There are 59 words, and as I started it, my time with Columbia Mothers of Twins Club flashed before my eyes. All the words are in bold letters. First, I found the words join, motherhood, mothers, advise, baby, boys, girls, asking. When the lady from the “Welcome Wagon” came to my house on Leiser Road that day I was new to Washington and had just moved from California in 1980. When she visited, my twin fraternal boys were about 14 months old in 1981. I thought of that day when she gave me the information to contact the Club.
I was so happy to find somewhere to meet other moms of twins. The words guidance, information, books, communication, children, experiences, understanding, and pregnancy reminded me of what I was craving to get from the other mothers in the Club. I can’t remember my first meeting with Columbia, but the most important was the meeting at Carolyn Bjerkelund’s house, where I had to decide to pay dues.
I met new members, and I felt I could share my stories. They gave me strength, support, and welcome. I could dedicate my time to following this group. References, recommendations, playdates, parenting, interests, workshops, and teaching seemed to happen each time we would gather. My involvement with the NW Association of Mothers of Twins Club was a development that would empower me to open up to members in other communities and connect me to an even bigger family. I began to plan my free time to include conventions and fall meetings.
This helped me reach the goal of making a home for my family and me in Washington. This is not suitable for everyone, and no pamphlet can tell you what influences a membership can mean to a person, but overall, it was the best decision for me. Everything in life has stages, and we see potential members rely on blogs, social media, and Twitter to meet other moms out there. We have a website that can fill in what we offer, but coming to a meeting is the best way to meet other moms who are looking for the same thing I did 37 years ago.
Now, there are a few words in the puzzle that I couldn’t fit in, but I know fitness and yoga are enjoyed by some of our moms, too! At the end of the puzzle, some letters are not all crossed out. These make up the Wonderword that sums up the whole of the puzzle. Can you guess what it was????? I bet you can because we all have it….. 11 letters and if I’ve done the puzzle right I will find the answer…….and it is FRIENDSHIP!