A Letter from a 13 year old daughter about her mom…

Casey Metzler & Jon Travers at YMCA Camp Cory (8/2013) 2-3 weeks each summer.
Casey Metzler & Jon Travers at YMCA Camp Cory (8/2013) 2-3 weeks each summer.

While this isn’t about the caregiving for an ill-spouse, it is a letter written by a daughter about her mom, who became a single mom to Casey (13), and David (9, who is on the autism spectrum), after the tragic, sudden death of her husband.  The really cool part is, the daughter is my son’s best friend and the mom – well, you guessed it…my BFF.  We have both been through a lot and manage to hold each other up when times get tough, even though we try not to let much get to us.  Not much can after our list of ups-n-downs.  So, grab a tissue and enjoy the tribute to an amazing woman…

“When my 13 year old computer savvy daughter saw that untrue things were being written about me in social media and also in print by supporters of my opponents (and shared by my opponents themselves), she was hurt and angry. We talked. She wrote. This is her response…… – Paula”

Paula Metzler speaking at her successful fundraiser 9/24/13.
Paula Metzler speaking at her successful fundraiser 9/24/13.

LETTER: Help my mom continue her great work for Penfield

Posted Oct. 24, 2013 @ 7:01 am

Penfield, N.Y.

Dear Penfield voters:

My name is Casey Metzler. I am 13 years old. My mom is Deputy Supervisor and Councilwoman Paula Metzler.

My mom is the strongest person I know.

My dad died suddenly two years ago. Even though it was very hard, my mom did not step down from her job as councilwoman. She wanted to continue to be the great role model she’s been for me, and to continue to serve Penfield, where she grew up and where she is now raising my brother and me.

It is a busy life in our house, but my mom continues to work two jobs, comes to my lacrosse games, keeps track of my school work, gets me to church for youth group and cares for my little brother, David, who has autism. He’s a handful!

Paula, Casey (13) & David Metzler (9) Metzler
Paula, Casey (13) & David Metzler (9) Metzler

My mom frequently has evening meetings. It is not unusual for her to come home from a meeting, get my brother to bed, and then turn on her computer, to do more research on something that was discussed at her meeting or to answer emails from residents. She says it takes a lot of work to make the right decision for the people of Penfield. I see her with maps, photos and big notebooks. She does a lot of research! Being an attorney is an advantage because she knows how to find the information that matters.

I am proud of my mom. She has taught me by example that we all should serve our community. I am already following in her footsteps as I give up my spring break to volunteer at the Flower City Work Camp. I’ve done the 30-hour famine for world hunger, and my mom and I volunteer with the Pirate Toy Fund.

Please vote to re-elect Councilwoman Paula Metzler on Nov. 5. I look forward to continuing to watch my mom do the great things she does for our town.



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