FAIRMONT — To Royce Lyden, it seems like just yesterday that her children, Michael and Taylor, were 9 and 8, and moving into their brand-new house.
Now here they are, 20 and 19, all grown up and going to college.
So Royce knows the time your children are home with you is gone like that.
“The most important thing I can tell new parents is to savor every moment you have with your children,” she said. “You think it’s going to last forever, but time with them passes so quickly.
“And then they’re out of the house. So I always made time with my children, no matter the activity.”
Taylor lives in Fairmont and has been accepted into the nursing program at Fairmont State. Michael lives in Huntington, where he studies applied mathematics and education at Marshall.
Royce is purchasing director at Fairmont Clinic.
At Fairmont Senior, the brother and sister were very active. Michael belonged to the band, the mathematics club and Key Club. Taylor was active in basketball and track. She tried volleyball but it just wasn’t her thing.
“Unfortunately before her senior year, she tore her meniscus and had to have four surgeries,” Royce said.
They were also both active in 4-H and Scouts, following some advice she gave them.
“If you care about your community, you will take care of it,” she told them.
“That’s the way I was raised. My parents instilled the value of simple respect of the Earth. You don’t litter or pollute. You don’t mistreat people or the planet.”
She also learned the value of family when she was young. Every Sunday, they’d all go to the park together.
“We may not have stayed together, but we always did something. This stressed the value of family. At the end of the day, if you don’t have anything else, you have family.”