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Eugenia S. Hunt (Momtothezoo)

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I have found writing to be a great pleasure, though I did not begin until the age of 26. Beginning with Squidoo in 2009 as Momtothezoo and Wizzley a couple of years later as the SidewalkPhilosopher, I found others were interested in what I have to say. My book, "The Lyrics Of My Heart", is now on sale on Amazon. In it, you will find poetry as well as muses. It was, orginally, something I put together for my children and grandchildren.

Born in the small town of Pendleton, South Carolina, in 1950, I was the oldest of two, five years my sister's senior. It was a wonderful place to grow up where the entire town raised its children. I was always surrounded by people who loved and looked out for me. I graduated from High School with the same people who were in my kindergarten class. At 63, my childhood friends are still my friends. I feel so fortunate to have known such a childhood.

After college, I worked at Clemson University until May 1972. At that time, I married and lived in Glyfada, 22 miles from Athens, Greece for two years...via USAF. We then moved to North Dakota for another two years before returning to South Carolina.

We divorced after 16 years and two children. I married my best friend two years later and moved to Florida in 1988 and together we have raised my husband's son and daughter and my son and daughter...one federal officer, one stay at home Mom, one fourth grade school teacher, and the other, who works for AT&T. In 1996, I adopted my step daughter. We are blessed with four grandsons and one granddaughter, with a new baby on the way in September and another in April.

In 1999, we became foster parents with the Children's Home Society and had a number of children under our roof in the next 6 years. In 2001, we adopted a 13 year old girl, whom we first met at the age of 11, and is now 26. I also have spent more time in a courtroom than I care to think about, fighting for the rights of the children in our care. In 2004, I turned in my license so that I could be a full time Mom to our special needs daughter and keep our infant granddaughter five days a week while her mother was teaching.

Bill, my husband, is a retired USAF Air Traffic Controller. He is now working with Computer Science Raytheon, as their chief controller, contracted out of Patrick AFB, Florida. This enables him to continue to do the job he loves, air traffic, and aid the military.

I am a retired Accountant/Credit Manager, now a housewife, where I enjoy writing, singing, piano, and sewing. I have had numerous poems and short stories published and have sung in churches and for church organizations for years, as well as weddings, a couple of variety shows, and even at my daughter's, and later my son's, weddings, one of the hardest things I have EVER done. We are members of Riverside Baptist church where I am also a member of the Women's Bible Study Group and work on the Mission's Committee. I am also a member of and soloist for the Golden Tones, acting as the Activities Director and Treasurer, where I set up dates with nursing homes, retirement complexes, etc. for whom our group entertains with music and fun.

And, last but not least, we have a singing German Shepherd named Joey. He is six years old and, at 85 pounds, thinks himself a lapdog. If you would like to meet Joey, he has his own lense at http://www.squidoo.com/dogs-point-of-view "The Dog's Point Of View," and at http://wizzley.com/joey-s-world-in-his-own-words/ "Joey's World, In His Own Words."

I have been Mom To The Zoo since the morning after our wedding. My friend, Lee, who was staying with our four children and two dogs answered the phone from a sound sleep, "Hunt Zoo, Zookeeper Speaking."

My life has involved many changes and avenues that I would never have dreamed of and has given me challenges that I never thought I was equal to. But, I have found that God has a plan and, if you follow His lead, you can handle anything he puts in your hands. However, you have to first learn to listen to Him. No matter what we want from life, it must come in His time. He has given my husband and me more than we could have began to imagine back in high school and we have found that what we thought was so important for our futures back then was nothing to what we have done so far. At 63, I have learned from our foster children, to look forward to the future and the next challenge with enthusiasm and excitement. If they can trust and love us after what the world has dealt them, we can surely tackle whatever lies ahead with ease.

Life is a series of learning experiences and I continue to find life to be both a challenge and a joy which grows with each passing year. I learn more and more about myself with each passing day!


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