Deborah Welky

I Took Skippy To Chuck E. Cheese’s… And Lived

By at April 24, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

I Took Skippy To Chuck E. Cheese’s… And Lived

THE SONIC BOOMER How long has it been since you’ve gone to Chuck E. Cheese’s, that children’s den of iniquity? For me, it had been 25 years… until Sunday. On Sunday, Mark and I packed up my grandson Skippy and his six-month-old sister and headed over there. For the uninitiated, let me explain. Chuck E’s is basically Las Vegas for tots. In one building, more...

Deborah Welky

Life’s An Adventure Whenever Skippy Is Around

By at April 17, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Life’s An Adventure Whenever Skippy Is Around

THE SONIC BOOMER In an effort to avoid gender stereotyping, my daughter lets her two-year-old son, Skippy, wear whatever he wants. This is what I did when raising her, but she grew up in Loxahatchee, where you can pretty much walk around naked if you want to (and some do) as the houses are blessedly far apart. So yesterday, when they left to go to Whole Foods more...

Deborah Welky

My ‘Little’ Antiques Mall Celebrates A Milestone

By at April 10, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

My ‘Little’ Antiques Mall Celebrates A Milestone

THE SONIC BOOMER Twelve years ago, I decided to open an antiques mall. My plan was to learn the business and become well-established before every Baby Boomer in the nation retired to Florida. I also considered opening a bait shop. I figured either one would do well, but antiques won out because they’re less squishy. So I started looking around and, surprisingly more...

Deborah Welky

How Does The Easter Bunny Get Those Eggs?

By at April 3, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

How Does The Easter Bunny Get Those Eggs?

THE SONIC BOOMER Easter is coming again this Sunday, and you know what that means — legions of parents trying to explain where the Easter Bunny, a known mammal, gets all those eggs. “Mammals don’t lay eggs, Daddy,” the precocious grade school child will say. She knows it’s true because they just finished their chapter of study on mammals, and rabbits more...

Deborah Welky

Time To Celebrate My Parents’ 65th Anniversary

By at March 27, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Time To Celebrate My Parents’ 65th Anniversary

THE SONIC BOOMER All us kids — and by “kids,” I mean “my parents’ offspring,” nothing age-related — are trooping up to Wisconsin this summer for, get this, Mom and Dad’s 65th wedding anniversary. They have been happily married for 65 years. Some people are divorced by the 65th day. As the eldest “kid,” I felt I had the right to demand something more...

Deborah Welky

I’ve Been Tracing The Footsteps Of Walt Disney

By at March 20, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

I’ve Been Tracing The Footsteps Of Walt Disney

THE SONIC BOOMER One of the things I like most about spending time in Kansas City is the Walt Disney connection. After all, he grew up here. I figure if I hang around the places he hung around, a little bit of his genius will seep into me. So far, it hasn’t happened, but there are a lot of creative people here. And creativity is encouraged — with real money. The more...

Deborah Welky

Don’t Trust My Memory About St. Patrick’s Day

By at March 13, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Don’t Trust My Memory About St. Patrick’s Day

THE SONIC BOOMER Tuesday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. One of these days, I’m going to get to Boston and learn the proper way to celebrate. But, until then, I have to rely largely on my own imagination. This is not as difficult as it sounds. First, I enumerate everything I know about the holiday, which isn’t much. Here’s what I remember: • Our more...

Deborah Welky

When Did My Amusing Quirks Become Senility?

By at March 6, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

When Did My Amusing Quirks Become Senility?

THE SONIC BOOMER I have noticed that the older I get, the more often people comment on my “senile idiosyncrasies.” I mean, I always had them, but when I was younger, they were just considered to be charmingly cute quirks. Now that people are looking for that first sign that I should be shuttled into a nursing home, the quirks have taken on an exaggerated more...

Deborah Welky

Nothing Like A Displaced Southerner In Winter

By at February 27, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Nothing Like A Displaced Southerner In Winter

THE SONIC BOOMER When I first moved south from Wisconsin, a native Floridian commented to me one day, “It looks like we’re going to have some weather.” I was perplexed. Didn’t Florida have weather every day, just like every other place on the planet? I soon came to understand that Florida “weather” referred to anything that wasn’t hot and sunny or, more...

Deborah Welky

Sweet Valentine’s Day Story For ‘Late Bloomers’

By at February 20, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Sweet Valentine’s Day Story For ‘Late Bloomers’

THE SONIC BOOMER Here’s a late-blooming Valentine’s Day story for all you late-blooming valentines. I am going to change the names to protect the innocent. We’ll say it’s about my friend “Betsy.” I met Betsy in Wellington when we were co-workers. We had a lot in common. She was, in fact, the maid of honor at my wedding. She’s smart, honest and a good more...

Deborah Welky