Make New Friends…But Keep the Old

We couldn’t possibly think of a more appropriate family to introduce in our first “Make New Friends” blog than the Hartmann/Metnicks’. Annie Hartmann and Noah Metnick are the parents of August, a first-year student in Mona’s preschool class.  Back in September of 1979, when Annie was just 2 ½, Annie’s mom, Jean Plunkett, was one of the founding members of Child’s Play!  The school began inside the Fox Point Neighborhood Center (across from what was then the Fox Point Elementary School, and now the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School.) The entire school consisted of one fifteen student class of 2 ½ and 3/12 year olds, and Annie was one of them.  We are absolutely thrilled to have Annie back at Child’s Play as a parent, sharing the co-op duties with her husband and continuing her family legacy! 

Annie and Noah met as children, when they were both living on Methyl Street in Providence. As they grew older and attended different schools and ultimately went off to separate colleges, their friendship continued through phone calls and hand-written letters. (Remember those?) It wasn’t until after college that their friendship grew into a romantic relationship…then a marriage…and finally, a family.  After the birth of their second child, Leo, they relocated back to Providence from Brooklyn to be closer to family and to enjoy a slower pace of life. 

Annie, Noah, August and Leo currently live on the East Side of Providence.  Annie left her job as a therapist at a progressive school in Brooklyn in order to relocate to Rhode Island, and is now a Clinical Social Worker. Noah is the Executive Chef at the Waterman Grill in Providence. They are currently members of the Fundraising Committee at Child’s Play. Welcome to Child’s Play August and welcome back Annie! 

We asked Annie and Noah to share a bit about themselves in 15 questions:

Where were you born?
Annie:  Roanoke, Virginia
Noah:  Haifa, Israel

What was your first job?
Annie:  Babysitting
Noah:  Sweeping the floors and folding t-shirts at my dad’s screen printing shop

What did you want to be when you were small?
Annie:  A bunny
Noah:  A forest ranger 

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
Annie:  I'd be on the beach with family and friends, eating great food.  (And someone would be watching the kids for an hour so that I could read.)
Noah:  Sleep on the beach

What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Annie:  I'd enjoy the singing from my seat, happy not to be the center of attention. 
Noah:  I wouldn't.

What makes you laugh the most?
Annie:  Noah, my girlfriends, Louis C.K
Noah:  My kids

What sound do you love?
Annie:  The kids laughing. 
Noah:  Same answer - my kid’s laughter.

If you could share a meal with any 2 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Annie: Ronna and Beverly
Noah: Thomas Keller and JRR Tolkien 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Annie:  I can't imagine - just thinking about it makes me panicky
Noah:  Pasta with butter and parmesan 

What is the worst gift you have ever received?
Annie:  A basket filled with hard candies with two child size red glittery shoes on top
Noah:  XXL camo sweatpants 

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
Annie:  Coffee
Noah:  Reading

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
Annie:  A plane, a pilot, water
Noah:  A knife, a bottle of bourbon, sunglasses 

What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?
Annie:  Glass eels
Noah:  Same answer - Glass eels 

What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Annie:  Childbirth
Noah:  Taking two small children to the supermarket

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Annie:  Beware: barely human when hungry
Noah:  Must drink coffee within five minutes of waking.