Area grown-ups remember their favorite things
Dr. Mary E. Money of Hagerstown with her favorite childhood toy her blue Schwinn bicycle. At right is a trike that was a hand me down from her older brother. (By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer / December 22, 2012)
Dr. Mary Money’s favorite toy growing up was the blue-and-white Schwinn bicycle she got one Christmas when she was probably about 7 or 8 years old.
“Oh, I would just race up and down our driveway,” said Money, whose family lived in a rural area along Leesburg Pike between Herndon and Great Falls, Va.
“Even back then, the road was too busy” for Money and her two older brothers to ride on, “so my brothers and I would race all over the property.”
The property was big — 24 acres owned by her mother, who was a school teacher, and her father, who was the superintendent of a shop repairing tanks and trucks at the U.S. Army’s nearby Fort Belvoir.
Even with all of their races over the property, Money said she doesn’t think she ever won even one of the races.
But even now, though she hasn’t ridden the bike in at least a half-century, the bike is a treasured possession.
It was with her when she became a doctor in 1974 and it was moved with them in 1979, when she and her husband moved to Hagerstown. And it was still with them, packed away, when she opened her own internal medicine practice here in 1980.
As the practice continued, Money took care of patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, stomach issues and more. And she even came up with “a very effective treatment” for many people who suffer from diarrhea after eating, she said.
More recently, however, she herself was hit with what she alone couldn’t cure.
“I have ovarian cancer,” she said. “But I’m doing well and I’ve got a ton of help. All my physicians and patients — everybody knows how grateful I am for all the prayer support.”
She’s on a medical sabattical and is planning to return to her practice in April.
The bike — her favorite toy — has been with her throughout.
Like the tricycle that her brothers passed down to her as they got too old to ride it, the bike has been in storage all these years.
Without a doubt, she said, it was a gift from Santa Claus.
“Oh, absolutely,” she said with a laugh. “He’s a great guy. I still believe in him, too.”
William Reuter, chief executive officer
Susquehanna Bancshares Inc.
headquartered in Lititz, Pa.
“Without any question, my favorite was a baseball,” said Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. CEO William Reuter, remembering his days of playing neighborhood ball on the streets and ballfields of east Baltimore.