With winter fading away into the distance, we are fast approaching the early spring doldrums...
You know...that period of time between winter and spring when a certain seasonal depression sets in.
With a sigh, we note that all those chocolate Easter bunnies and other assorted holiday sweets have been polished off, March Madness is over with several months till the next hoops season and there's nothing on television except reruns.
In Cherokee, this mood of melancholy is lifted somewhat with the cheering news that Trey Valentine has been awarded the honors as Roosevelt's April Reader of the Month.
At six-years-old, Trey is currently launching his academic days as a member of the kindergarten class at Roosevelt Elementary.
Phys. Ed., Trey notes, is his favorite subject during the school day and adds that he thinks Miss Abbott is pretty cool when it comes to teachers.
This young reader really enjoys his visits to the school library. He particularly likes the fact that there are so many books located on the shelves that he's never at a loss when it comes to finding a good read.
As far as his own reading list is concerned, Trey can often be found suffering from bouts of goosebumps as he peruses a "scary" story, just about his favorite genre of literature.
He is also a big fan of the Dr. Seuss books...so much so that he calculates he has read just about every one of Mr. Geisel's tales.
When it comes to free time, Roosevelt's April reader stays pretty darned active with a list of preferred pastimes that includes playing both football and basketball, playing video games on his PlayStation and hanging out with his friends.
Even though he's just winding up his first year of school, Trey is even now starting to make his career plans.
"I don't want any jobs," he said. "I want to be a football player and play for the Cherokee Braves, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Kansas City Chiefs!"
Until his days of gridiron glory arrive, however, Trey Valentine can be found over on Susan Avenue where he shares the home field advantage with his folks...Troy and Leanne, his big sister...15-year-old Alanna and "Jasmine," the family's resident rover.