day six: lynne

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Lynne Eugenie Apple.  I think she might have the best name of anyone that I interview this month.  Let’s break it down.  1) Lynne with an E.  Anne would be so proud.  2)Eugenie.  It is French.  It is also a family name that she says is now on the 8th generation.  amazing.  3)Apple.  How positively unique.

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In the picture, Lynne is the beautiful lady holding that adorable baby (her eldest granddaughter, Maren).

I first met Lynne when I went to moms’ morning out (mmo) right after my second child was born.  My 2nd born son was a very challenging baby and being able to get out of the house every Thursday morning was such an escape and a relaxing time for me.  It is always nice to be able to sit around and talk to other moms who will not judge you and can also totally relate to the everyday struggles that happens with moms of young children.  And now, 5 years later, I’m still going to mmo and Lynne is still leading the group.

She has, actually, been leading a group for moms for over 30 years.  She definitely has a heart for new moms.  She saw a need for a lactation consultant and submitted a proposal to the hospital in our small town in 1981.  She said that was unheard of at that time.  But she really believed in the importance of educating young moms that, although breastfeeding can be difficult, with the proper knowledge, help and encouragement, it is something that can be done successfully.  The proposal was excepted in 1982, she was hired in 1986 and became board certified in 1989.  She told me that being board certified was a new step then, too.  And after completing that step, she basically told herself ‘ok, I’m doing this.’

I believe that it is a role that fits her perfectly.  Lynne is the most compassionate and diplomatic woman that I know.  She is so welcoming to any new mom that she meets.  She always has a kind word, an encouraging remark and a positive spin to any struggle that someone may be going through.  I, myself, do not always have that kind of outlook on life and Lynne so impresses me with her positive attitude.

Not only is Lynne passionate about motherhood, but she also loves her family, traveling and reading.  In fact, her and I are in a book club together.  I think she probably loves reading as much as I do 🙂

Lynne grew up in Centerville, OH (a small town south of dayton) and she went to Centerville High School.  She attended Otterbein College, a small liberal arts college in Westerville, OH.  (We were talking about attending small colleges and I found out that her college was a sister school to Indiana Central College–now called University of Indianapolis, my alma mater!)  She majored in English literature and wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, because at the time girls either became nurses, teachers, or secretaries, and she knew none of those were right for her.  She went to grad school for awhile at Purdue and that is where she met her husband, Keith.

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I did the usual and asked her a few more questions.

Have you ever taken a personality test?  “no.” What about birth order?  “I’m a middle child.  I’ve an older brother and a younger sister.”  (this led into a discussion about how I believe middle children are the most interesting.)

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?  “I’m not sure.  I know I wanted to marry Leonard Bernstein.  I still didn’t know what I wanted when I went to college or even when I graduated.  My dad had the sense to force me to finish so that I’d at least have a liberal arts degree and I’m glad of that.”  I can totally relate to this.  I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I graduated either.  I’m still not sure—although right now, my life is pretty full 🙂  and yes.  I had to google Leonard Bernstein.  And now I’m going around my house dancing and yelling Mambo!  you’re welcome for that image.

Tell me something interesting about the last movie you watched?  “oh I’m so bad about movies.  I don’t remember them.  I have been watching ‘As Time Goes By’ on netflix.  Keith and I discovered two one-hour long sequels of ‘5 years later.’  We were very excited and are really enjoying it.”  I love someone else who loves shows on netflix.  And after hearing about this show, I’m going to have to check it out.

Where were you/what were you doing 10 years ago?  “Rob passed away in 2000 and I was still grieving.  In 2002 or 2003, Keith and I and the two girls with about 4 close friends took our first trip to Italy.”  Lynne has two daughters and a son.  Her son was a FBI agent and he passed away from skin cancer.  I am glad she was able to take a trip with her family–I’m sure it was healing for all of them.

What has been your favorite vacation?  “all of our european and costa rican trips.  we just got back from our 8th trip.” (from france)

What vacation has exceeded your expectations?  “all of them.  there is always something new to see and learn.”

What is your current hobby?  “reading”

What are you reading right now? “a book that I bought at the Picasso museum in France.  Life with Picasso by Francoise Gilot”

What is your favorite song right now?  “greensleeves.  whenever I hear it, I feel peaceful.  I’m not sure even my kids know that about me.”  This song sounded familiar to me and after looking it up on youtube, I realized that there is an instrumental version, a version (that may be the original) with older lyrics, and a version that has christmas lyrics (‘what child is this?’).  I’m not sure what version is Lynne’s favorite but I included the instrumental.

What’s been your most life changing moment?  “having kids”

Finish this sentence.  Before I die, I want to “spend more time with family….and travel with friends and family.”

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…And that is my caring and kind friend, Lynne.  Do you know her?  If you’ve met her, I’m sure she’s impacted your life.  Feel free to show her some love in the comments 🙂

And tomorrow, you’ll get to meet another friend of mine–Jessica.

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8 thoughts on “day six: lynne

  1. Another great post! I am so thankful for Lynne and her passion for moms – especially breastfeeding moms 🙂 She can calm the new-irrational-mom-crazies with her calm tone and wisdom that has ALWAYS worked. It’s amazing she knows ‘all’ the answers 🙂

  2. Lynne is great. I first met her at Dupont after Vinny was born and she was very encouraging with breastfeeding sharing helpful tips. I enjoy going to mmo on Thursdays and how she remembers everything about our families. Thanks Rachel for your blog:)

  3. I feel like I’ve known Lynne for so long! First off, I’ve always loved that she spells her name with an ‘e’ at the end because my middle name is the exact same. 🙂 Secondly, Lynne has been a huge help to me in my walk through helping moms breastfeed and subsequently becoming a lactation consultant. I saw what a positive role she had and how much it impacted young moms. Lastly, I just think Lynne is such a sweet, caring person. I always enjoy seeing her because she always has a smile!

  4. Lynne IS awesome, and she’s really been doing a support group for longer than 20 years. My oldest just turned 30 and we went to one of her breastfeeding support groups when he was a baby. I kept going back for my next two sons because she was always so helpful and kind. Still is!

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