Kelly Sechovek, 37, knows how to let her hair down, and what better place than on Seawall Boulevard where I met her with her puppy, Punctuation. She was kind enough to stop long enough to chat with Humans of Galveston.
Do you live in Galveston, Kelly?
“I’m from Spring, and I’m in the process of moving down here.”
“It’s so beautiful here. (Laughs). The water’s gorgeous, the people are friendly and I like the small-town feel. I grew up on the beach in South Padre Island.”
What do you do for a living?
I work for a meteorologist down in League City – Mark Mathiesen of On the Mark Weather. I’m his executive assistant.
If you knew then what you know now, what advice would you give to a younger you?
“What advice would I give to the younger me? Marry a rich one. (Laughs). For sure. I had a really good job before, then I had my kids and I let it go to be a stay-at-home mom. If I had to go back and give myself advice I would have kept that job because I’d be making a lot of money right now.”
How many kids do you have?
“I have four. Kaley is 3, Dylan, he’s 7. Cacey, she is 9. And I have a 13-year-old son, David.”
What is the formula for success for being a mom?
“A mom is really just being honest and open with your children, and firm but loving at the same time. Discipline, but nice discipline.”
I would be remiss not to ask you about your puppy.
“This is Punctuation, and he’s 7 weeks old. He is a Chihuahua, slightly mixed but I’ve seen the parents so he’s going to be real little. He’s halfway famous out here already. Everybody knows him," said Sechovek. "I got him from a friend. I wanted the Mom real bad but I couldn’t have her because he (the owner) loved her too much. So along came the babies, and here he is. He’s the runt of the litter.”
How would you describe his personality?
“He’s so feisty, and he learned that he can jump last night. But he’s the sweetest little dog. He’s a cuddler. He loves to cuddle up under the covers, or he’ll sleep across my neck at night. He’s a real sweetheart.