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When I first came to Narrowsburg in 2004, the Narrowsburg Central School was about to close, and word on the street was that there were no more kids in Narrowsburg. Anyone who wanted a family had moved. That struck me as odd. Being a country girl at heart, who had just spent 15 years apartment dwelling in cities from Milwaukee to Boston to New York, to me Narrowsburg seemed like the perfect place to raise a family. From what I could see it was steeped in nature, had a sense of small-town safety and offered plenty of culture.

Now that I’m a mom myself, I’ve discovered just how fantastic our town is for kids, even during the coldest months of the year. But it’s not only because the area offers loads of fun activities, but also because of the people who make up this community.

Last Sunday, I took Lulu (five) and Pedro (four) to the Villa Roma’s Bouncy Fun Land (356 Villa Roma Rd., Callicoon) with our friend Sue to celebrate her daughter Jamie’s fourth birthday. With several bounce houses and a giant inflatable slide, it’s nice to find a place where running and laughing loudly is encouraged. And from the perspective of two working moms, what’s better than watching your kids burn off energy?

I keep our ice skates and sleds in the car, so on the spur of the moment we can stop at the Skate of the Union to practice staying upright on the ice and enjoy the sledding hill behind Narrowsburg Motors. Recently we were happy to run into Vanessa and Will Reeves’ lively trio of daughters breaking in their new skates. They boosted Lulu’s confidence, calling her a “tough cookie” whenever she fell, and updated us on the worlds of Reeves Mountain Construction and college applications.

Lulu and Pedro are currently learning how to swim with weekly lessons at Woodloch Springs Sports Complex (737 Woodloch Dr., Hawley). And they are looking forward to showing off their dance moves in a creative movement class starting this Sunday, February 4 at The Chi Hive (22 Main Street, Narrowsburg).

But, the most special moments as a Narrowsburg mom are simple ones: Like being flagged down on the street by my friend Alessandra because she wanted to give us a bag of hand-me-down clothes that her son Wally had outgrown. Or going into Narrowsburg Proper on Main Street, and being handed presents for the kids, not because it was a holiday, but because Joan, the shop’s owner, saw some toys that made her think of Lulu and Pedro. I couldn’t ask for a better village in which to be raising kids to be engaged, adventurous and thankful human beings.


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