Letter from the Editor: The Start of Something New

A New Chapter

Celebrating Toledo Parent Memories

When I first began working as assignment editor for Toledo Area Parent, my little boy was two months old…wow. I can’t believe how much he has changed since then. Now, at two years and seven months old, he is running all over the place, telling jokes and about halfway through the process of potty training (fingers crossed). He knows how to spell his name and knows things about construction vehicles that the average adult might struggle to recall. My toddler can name “outriggers” on a boom truck. I — on the other hand — just learned the term “boom truck.”

This is all to say that he is such a complex and wonderful little person who has grown up right in front of our readers through these letters in each issue of Toledo Area Parent. I’m writing this a little tearfully, because I am stepping down from my position as assignment editor as of this issue and leaving it in capable hands.

This November/December issue is packed full of holiday fun with a roundup of upcoming events for your family calendar, along with a gift guide to help you buy local goods this season. Our annual Disability Friendly Guide outlines many resources for families to take advantage of in the Toledo area, and we encourage readers to check out our Inclusive Toledo page at toledoparent.com to find even more articles about what our city has to offer kids with disabilities. These features, plus guides to convenient take-out, healthy living, getting teens to read, and online stores from local moms round out this last 2023 issue

Sounding off,

Erin Holden

Assignment Editor
Toledo Area Parent

Getting to Know Mary Genson, Toledo Parent Assignment Editor

Her Favorite…

…Toledo spot to hang out: Wildwood Preserve Metropark.

…book: The Catcher in the Rye.

…movie: La La Land.

…Toledo eatery: Balance. 

…place to work outside of the office: My living room. 

Do you have any pets? Yes! I have two gray cats that look almost identical but are a year apart. Their names are Willy and Grayson, and they are very sweet and a little mischievous. 

How did you and your husband meet and when did you get married? We celebrated our one year anniversary in October. We met as journalism majors at Grand Valley State University. The rest is history!

Tell us about your hobbies.

 I enjoy going on walks and bike rides, embroidering, photography, reading and playing trivia. 

In another life, what job would you do if you weren’t writing/editing?

I would open a coffee shop!

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