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The Busy Man: the tale of my dad’s hard working life

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PELHAM — Mr. Clay Bushong’s life is a busy one with the running of the Picture House and being a co-owner of Cantina Lobos. And having three kids. (I am his youngest!)

Well, with a family of five—three of them kids, 16, 13 and 9—life can get pretty busy. When you have a dad who’s so busy, trust me, you want to be in the business too.

He is from Washington, D.C., but grew up in Belgium and was raised there by his two parents and has two siblings.

His parents got divorced when he was twenty. And his father got married, and they had two kids, Honor and Eve, who are six and four and are my aunts. Pretty complicated huh? He had a dog named Abby, and he absolutely loved that dog.

My dad’s younger brother and sister (sorry, I forgot to mention he was the oldest) have kids who are my cousins. His youngest sibling is his brother and has one kid. The middle child of their family is my aunt. She has three kids who, ironically, are the same age or very close in age to me and my brother and sister (14, 12 and 10).

Remember when I mentioned that my family was complicated? Yeah,  I was right. Don’t you agree? Well enough about me. Time for the interviews. I am so excited, okay.

When were you born:

“1968”

Were you fond of your siblings?

”Yes, I loved them very much.”

What school did you go to?

“There were many, like the first solar-heated school in Reston, Virginia. Then we moved to Brussels.”

How many pets did you have?

“One turtle, a cat named Spooky and a dog named Abby.”

I, of course, knew this stuff, but I bet you did not. But don’t think my dad’s jobs keep him busy? They’re not the only thing. I keep him pretty busy.

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Sabine Bushong, Our Town Editor

Hello!! I am Sabine Bushong. I enjoy newspaper and dance, and yoga. My favorite color is rose gold. I was born in 2007. I am the youngest of three kids in a family of five. I was born in a  hospital in New York and love NYC’s pretzels (with spicy mustard), falafel, bubble tea and hot dogs (again, with spicy mustard).. 🙂 I have two cats named Teddy (Theodore, but we call him Theo or Teddy) and Vivi (Jenaveve), also an adorable dog named Kiki. . Read more of my stories. I am Sabine Bushong, Our Town Editor.

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7 Responses to “The Busy Man: the tale of my dad’s hard working life”

  1. Julia Findikyan on March 8th, 2017 9:12 PM

    Phenomenal story Sabine! It was really creative writing a story about your Dad.

  2. Lark Martin on March 10th, 2017 1:21 PM

    Great story Beanie! I agree with Julia entirely. 🙂 😉

  3. Sabine Bushong on March 10th, 2017 1:23 PM

    Thanks for the nice comments!!! I am SO happy I was able to right about my dad! He is a great dad, awesome boss, and great co-owner!

  4. Lark Martin on March 10th, 2017 1:29 PM

    Great story Beanie! I agree with Julia. 🙂 😉

  5. Jada B. on March 10th, 2017 1:45 PM

    Awesome story Beanie! Great job!
    🙂 😉

  6. Sabine Bushong on March 10th, 2017 4:48 PM

    do u think it weird that everyone saying i read ur article even teachers weird right well like i said my dad is a real super hero that saves me when i need help his work should not be forgotten i really love him

  7. Baez on April 24th, 2018 3:47 PM

    Fantastic story Sabine!! I, as well entirely agree with Julia!!! 🙂

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The Busy Man: the tale of my dad’s hard working life