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By Elizabeth Larsen

Our People: There's something about new moms


Last updated 10/9/2021 at 3:45pm

Elizabeth Larsen

Sara Hanks loves working with new moms.

There's something about a small town that suits Sara Hanks. Born and raised in Clovis, Hanks enjoys the simple pleasures afforded by a life close to family, her animals, community, and lots of good books.

The Clovis native has been married to her sweetheart for the last 17 years, and together they have raised two children. Since last fall, Hanks has worked at the local thrift boutique, As They Grow - a store specializing in children's and maternity goods.

Q: What is the best thing about living in Clovis?

A: (The) community. There's a lot of really good people in Clovis. Not necessarily even (just) from Clovis. ... You get a lot of diversity because you know (we've) got the base, so there's people from all over, really.

Q: If you could choose to go anywhere for a day, where would it be?

A: I don't know, I would probably just go to Ruidoso. We love Ruidoso. That's another little great community. (There's) mountains and there's trees everywhere, it's amazing. And on the way there are the roadside stands you have to check out. We usually go around the end of September and into October because that's when it's (the) off season, so there's not a whole bunch of tourism and it's nice. It's just kind of like main street here.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: Beaches. ... It's one of my favorites.

Q: What is your fondest childhood memory?

A: Being over at my grandma's when they were alive ... They had a bunch of kids so I had a bunch of cousins and we would just all go over there (whenever) someone would come in from out of town. ... (And) there were always big dinners and just playing with everybody, and aunts and uncles. ... It was tons of fun.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at As They Grow?

A: There's a bunch ... the new moms. They're so excited and I'm so excited for them. ... (W)hen they're unsure about something or what to do, (my favorite thing is) helping them through it - just encouraging them, because they really need some encouragement.

Q: Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

A: Coffee, for sure. ... I think it's a necessity. Yeah, coffee and my dogs.

Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?

A: I guess I would just pay off what debts that we do have, which (is) minimal, ... but then I would just give back. (...) to Clovis, to this community, to the (animal) rescues ... maybe start some new programs for kids...

Q: If you could eat dinner with anyone from history, who would you choose and why?

A: I guess I'd have to say James Harriet. He's an author, that's his pen name. His actual given name is James White. He was a veterinarian. ... I love his books, all of his books. They actually had a book sale (recently) at the library here and I went and just bought another one of his books. I've read them all, but now I own them all. ... He's just a great storyteller, just a real caring, down-to-earth person. He got me into reading.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?

A: My kids. I know they accomplish their own things, but I like to think I have some part in it. One just got accepted ... into Texas Tech, so he is over the moon excited and we are so excited for him.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?

A: I guess just to let things go and forgive even when you don't get an apology. ... I've certainly had some times where things were tense and no one ever apologized for it, and it's fine. I just move on and stay happy.


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