Bargell: A mountain mom signs off on last column as she ventures into public service (column) |

Bargell: A mountain mom signs off on last column as she ventures into public service (column)

Nearly six years ago, many of you opened your newspaper to find some random mom with a couple of third and fourth grade kids spouting off about an upcoming spring break. At that time, I pondered whether the approaching week off from school was labeled a “break” simply because — before it was all said and done — there was a good likelihood I’d want to wring their precious little necks.

I am pleased to report we all survived. Both girls are well, unbelievably ensconced at Summit High School — although not so little any more, as they went from eight and nine to fourteen and fifteen faster than a C7 Corvette does 0 to 60.

Through the years, we’ve laughed and cried together, and I’ve heard from many of you on topics ranging from pot to parenting, and even on how the two collide. Sometimes we’ve agreed and on occasion agreed to disagree; but, through it all, I have marveled at the spirit and spunk that is Summit County.

My promise when I first pitched a column was to steer clear of acrimony and to search out the good stuff in Summit. Fortunately, you did not disappoint, and, in the process, I’ve learned that — even in the darkest of days — we look our neighbors in the eye and hold out a hand.

Now, it’s time once again for a break as I am putting the brakes on writing for the coming months in order to focus on another endeavor. Adieu for now. Thank you for all the kind words of encouragement, for the deserved chide on occasion and, mostly, for opening my eyes to so many possibilities.

Cindy Bargell is an attorney and mom who proudly calls Summit County her home along with her husband and two teenage daughters. She welcomes your comments at

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