To the memory of my parents, Nevolyn and George. My mother
taught me that a sense of humor is an essential life skill, regardless of
age. My dad taught me the importance of love and independence.

—Connie Jo
To Gayle Cunningham for guidance and friendship, and to
Don Palmer for always being there for me. And in memory of
Nic Frising for showing the humor in life through art.

—Charlotte To the memory of my parents, Charlie and Jeanette, who
gave me life, love, and encouragement to follow my dreams.

And to my partner, Connie, who has taught me so much about
the early care and education field, love, and family.