PHOTO GALLERY: Finding independence

Saturday, July 2, 2011 | 6:40 p.m. CDT; updated 6:54 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 2, 2011
Tanner Boese born Monday sleeps alone in his crib at Boone County Hospital.

The concept of independence follows us from birth. We become our own person from the first time we see through our own eyes and when we can take care of ourselves. We learn independence in school, from the jobs we take, and, despite adversity, we still find independence late in life.

Gretchen Schmitter, 5, watches a movie with classmates at the Playground child care Friday. Gretchen will leave the majority of her classmates in the fall to attend kindergarten at Ridgeway Elementary School.
Coach Mallory Ames of Tiger Toes Soccer teaches students self-confidence during a youth soccer camp Friday morning outside The Playground child care. Ames started the company in 2008. "It made me really appreciate and respect entrepreneurs because starting your own company is very difficult." One perk to running your own business, Ames said "is waking up and knowing you're doing a job you love every day."
Lindy Watson, 18, lifeguards at Douglass Family Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon. Lance Frank, the pool manager, said summer jobs are good for people like Watson who will be a senior next year at Hickman High School because "they're getting ready to be on their own, and they won't have to depend on others' support."
Mildred Mooney and Margaret Misiak, dressed in red, white and blue apparel for a patriotic vocal performance, share a joke before getting in line for dinner at The Terrace, a retirement community. "Years ago you had to go to a nursing home," said Dorothy Dudark, one of the residents, who enjoys the freedom of the facility. "Everybody is independent in their own way," Dudark said.

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