Families enjoy last day of fun before school starts back

Lucas Conway, 10, and his sister, Lainie, 9, feed ducks Sunday afternoon at Ballard Park. (Lauren Wood)

Lucas Conway, 10, and his sister, Lainie, 9, feed ducks Sunday afternoon at Ballard Park. (Lauren Wood)

BY SHEENA BARNETT
Daily Journal

TUPELO – By the end of Sunday afternoon, the Conway children and the ducks at Ballard Park were full.

Lainie, 9, and Lucas, 10, ate Krystal burgers and fed pieces of the bread to the ducks.

Michael Conway, their father, brought them to the park for one last day of fun before school starts back this week – for all of them.

Conway starts his semester at Itawamba Community College in a few weeks.

“The ducks get the bun, and I get the meat,” Conway said.

“And I get the pickle,” Lainie said.

Neither Lucas nor Lainie said they were ready for books and homework.

“But I do wanna see my friends,” Lainie said.

Also at Ballard Park were Christi Stephens and her daughter, Sara Erickson, and Sara’s children – Shely, 8; Dakota, 5; Alysa, 3; and a family friend, 12-year-old Reagan Watson, who were all enjoying snowcones.

All of the children start school this week, including Alysa, who’ll go to Head Start.

“It took us two weeks to get school clothes and supplies,” Erickson said.

One will get something extra on Tuesday.

Shely recently broke her arm, and she’ll get a blue cast.

“We told her it’s her boy-knocker,” Erickson said with a laugh.

None of the children said they were ready to go back, except Reagan.

“I’m ready to get new clothes,” she said.

It was cooler at the Veterans Park splash pad, where Caitlin Whiteside’s children, Cierra, 5, and Connor, 7, played on Sunday afternoon. The children start at Joyner Elementary School today.

“She starts kindergarten, so she’s excited,” Whiteside said. “But I think (Connor) is bored and ready to go back.”

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com