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OXFORD – Being a single mother is never easy, but for Danielle Cronin it is always a joy no matter what. Having spent most of her own childhood moving around with a father in the military now having roots for her children is what is most important to her.
Q: Where were you born and where were you brought up?
A: I was born in Thousand Oaks, California, but I was brought up all over the place. My dad was in the military and we moved around a lot.
Q: Do you have any siblings?
A: I have three brothers; Timothy, William and James.
Q: What did your parents do?
A: My dad was in the military and I remember that my mother had a day care at one time. I know she did some other jobs, but I don’t remember what they were.
Q: What was it like growing up?
A: Interesting! It was basically good considering all the moving around we did. In some ways that makes you stronger because you have to adjust and cope with change.
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I went to a lot of different school, again because of the military life. I even went to school on a military base at one time.
Q: Did you get into mischief or play pranks?
A: Not that I got caught at.
Q: What have you had for jobs?
A: I’ve been a CNA and did two years of training toward my RN, but didn’t finish. I’ve been a chef and done trash removal. I’m currently an office manager and publisher/editor for Just Read It, a monthly adult humor paper.
Q: Anyone ever said that you look like someone famous?
Q: Do you do much traveling?
A: Certainly as a child. We went everywhere such as California, Hawaii and Connecticut. When we moved to Maine we drove across the country so I’ve seen a lot of different places.
Q: What place was the most fascinating and why?
A: Everywhere I’ve been has been fascinating. There are so many different life styles and cultures wherever you go. The strength of the community varies from place to place.
Q: Do you have children?
A: I have three, Anthony, 10; Nicholas, 5 and Ava, 6 months.
Q: Did anyone influence you to the point of changing your direction in life?
A: My son Anthony changed everything. I’ll just say that before he was born I wasn't traveling the best path in life and as soon as I held him in my arms I knew I had to change. Because of him I went back to school and completely changed my life.
Q: Do you collect anything or have a hobby?
A: I’m into a lot of different things, but no one particular hobby. I like anything that I can do outside.
Q: What is the last book you read?
A: I read the Twilight Series.
Q: What subject do you wish you knew more about?
A: Fixing my car! I can do the small stuff, but I wish I knew how to do the more major repairs.
Q: What is the one thing you could not give up?
A: Actually it’s two things, but they go hand in hand. I could not and would not give up my self-respect or my integrity. I had to work very hard to get where I am.
Q: What would you like people to know about you?
A: That I’m a hard worker and I try to be a great mother. In everything I do I try to do the very best I can.
Q: What scares you the most?
A: That something would happen and I wouldn’t be able to see my kids grow up.
Q: Any hidden talents?
A: If I do they are well hidden because I’m not aware of them.
Q: Do you have any heroes?
A: My mother and Dundee Pratt. My mother because she is always there for me no matter what and Dundee because she has taught me so much and don’t a lot to help build my confidence.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Owning my own home. That is my 10-year plan.
Q: Last day on earth, what would you do and with whom?
A: Anything my kids wanted to do. Anything that would bring a smile to them will make me happy.
Q: If anyone could walk in right now, who would you want to see?
A: Grampy Cronin. I would love to see him again; he was the heart of the family.
Q: Any regrets?
A: I don’t think so even though I’ve made some mistakes. Everything I’ve done has helped to shape me and made me stronger.
Q: What is the best memory this interview has brought back?
A: Thinking about all the traveling we did. I think that’s something every kid should experience. It teaches you so much about people and places.