Laura Busch was in the Christmas spirit when I met her shopping with her two daughters, Leah Mell, 17, and Bella Busch, 1.We met at the Walmart in the Arboretum.“This will actually be Bella’s second Christmas,” Busch said, “Last year she was just a tiny baby, but this year Bella realizes something special is happening.”When Leah was a baby, she and her mother were photographed at the Southern Christmas Show, and the picture appeared in The Charlotte Observer.“It’s fitting a photo of me with my two daughters should be in the paper now,” Busch said.Busch, a 43-year-old Charlotte native, attended Charlotte Latin through middle school, then graduated from East Mecklenburg High in 1988.“My parents wanted me to experience both public and private education,” Busch said.She later graduated from the University of South Carolina and is a big fan of the Gamecocks. USC Head football coach “Steve Spurrier is the greatest,” said Busch. “He’s done wonders with the football program.”Busch met her husband, Frank, in Florida.“He was a chef in the Tampa area, and we began a long-distance relationship. He eventually moved here and now works for Red Rocks Café on Providence Road. We’ve been married two years,” Busch said.After college, Busch worked for several years as a travel agent. She started her own business, Passport Cruise, which she ran from home.“I was a travel agent from 1994 until recently, when I closed my business. The scene is changing now, with all the Internet usage. Working as a travel agent is really becoming an obsolete profession,” Busch said.Leah is a junior at Providence High School. She enjoys theater and has performed with the Actor’s Theater of Charlotte.Leah played a part in the play “The Pied Piper,” presented by the group Playing for Others, an organization with the goal of empowering teens to make a significant difference with their lives. “I’ve learned to take the time to understand where a person is coming from before engaging them in conversation,” Leah said in her video blog on www.playingforothers.org.Leah said she would like to attend the University of Chicago and major in English, concentrating on creative writing.Busch’s son, Ethan, 15, attends Metrolina Christian Academy in Indian Trail and enjoys playing basketball.The Busch family lives in the Providence Plantation neighborhood in Matthews.
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
Making the most of the holiday spirit
Karen Scioscia is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Karen? Email her at email@example.com.
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