Sunday, February 8, 2004

Dance gives mothers
special time with sons

By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

Seven-year-old Benjamin Kennedy does the twist with his mom, Elizabeth, during a mom and son dance at Mason Intermediate School.
(Photos by Meggan Booker/The
Cincinnati Enquirer)
Seven-year-old Christian Johnson presents a carnation to his mother, Dee, at the start of the dance.
Kathy Nonken and seven-year-old Max Nonken pose for a photo together.
Seven-year-old Max Nonken was dressed in his Sunday best - a black suit, red tie and toothless grin.

"He's always looking for reasons to wear his suit to school," said his mom, Kathy Nonken.

The Mason Heights first-grader got to wear his snazzy ensemble Friday night to the Mom and Son Night of Fun dinner and dance sponsored by the City of Mason's Parks and Recreation Department.

"We dance at home all the time, don't we, Max?" Kathy said.

Just before 8 p.m., Max escorted his mom onto the dance floor for a slow dance to Nat and Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable."

More than 50 mom-and-son couples attended the annual dance at the Mason Intermediate School.

Mark Schoemehl, recreation supervisor for the parks and recreation department, said the event has always been well-attended.

Shelray Aube of Mason and her son Nick, 10, a fourth-grader at Blue Ash Elementary, sat at one of the cafeteria tables.

"I don't like to dance," Nick said.

"I told him we would just eat and play games," Shelray said. "I wanted to spend some time with Nick alone. He's got two younger sisters at home ... so they're home with daddy."

The parks and recreation department will hold the Daddy/ Daughter Date Night dance on Friday.

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