Morgan Crosby, 21, and her two children Tyler Hines, 21 months, and Amena Hines, 1, spend a quiet morning in their new home. Morgan is one of the young women participating in the Partnering Success program through the Malta House.
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Advocate reporter John Nickerson and I spent some time yesterday with Morgan Crosby and her two young children. Morgan, a 21-year-old single mom hoping to make it on her own, seemed to have a pretty good grasp on the challenges that lie ahead. As I tried to stay as unobtrusive as possible, Tyler was determined to be in front of my camera at all times. What struck me about this little boy was his obsession with looking at his picture on the back of my camera. I recently dragged out my old Nikon film camera and watched the confusion on one of my young nephew’s face as he tried to understand why there was no image to view on the back. “I want to see it, I want to see it,” he pleaded. It reminded me of another assignment where a group of campers toured an apple orchard. In the corner was an old record player spinning a Frank Sinatra vinyl record, something most of these kids had never seen. Forget the apple picking, cider mill or baking pies – the children on that field trip stayed glued to the spinning disc with that little needle for the rest of the afternoon. It left me wondering where all the 8-tracks and Walkmans are now.