So glad you found us here at Clearly Curry!
Here’s a little about us.
My Name is Chad Curry and I have been married for 25+ years to my amazing wife Bobbie. We have three children, Rylee, Hank and Harlie, a son in law, Brock, and two beautiful grandkids, Sadie and Mack. We live in a small town in Northeastern Ohio. We are a tight-knit, slightly-imperfect, sometimes-crazy, always-loud, sometimes-intensely-serious but continually-looking-out-for-each-other kind of family.
I was born in 1972 in Muskingum County Ohio to a hard-working middle class couple, Dale and Karen. My brother, Jason joined the family in 1976. We lived modest life in a 1960’s subdivision outside of town. I attended a private catholic school in my younger years and eventually graduated from public high school in 1990. I was an average – if not below due to my mediocre effort – student. I played high school football and was pretty decent. I suppose I could have gone to college somewhere but probably would have just partied for a semester or two and then quit to find a job and work hard like my parents had all the years of my childhood.
Within days of graduating high school, a group of my buddies and I headed for a ‘senior trip’ to Myrtle Beach, SC. A bunch of goof balls road tripping several hundred miles to a week-long beach party – I’m surprised we made it. The theme was, “Does <the car> have antifreeze? F*** it! Let’s roll!” And we did! We had a great time and made lots of memories. The likelihood of anything good coming out of the trip was pretty slim. But then something DID happen. Whether it was serendipitous or predestined, I met a girl. She, too, had just graduated and was on a senior trip with a group of her friends. I still say to this day she was the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen and way out of my league. Turns out, she felt the same way about me. We stayed in touch. Thankfully, she lived only about an hour from me in a little town in Holmes County. The night I met her, I told her she’d marry me someday and on August 24, 1991, she did.
Soon, in January of 1992, we welcomed our first child. (Don’t do the math!) Our little baby girl was a true blessing. Despite being only 19 years old, we planned her and wanted nothing more than to be parents. We truly had no clue but we sure thought we did.
My wife and I always worked hard to provide for ourselves and our daughter. I worked a couple of factory jobs. Bobbie worked in banks and dental offices. We were still growing up ourselves and money was tight but we made it work. In 1997, our perfect baby boy was born and we decided that our family was complete.
In 1999, I started my career as a wastewater operator. I found my niche. I took my tests and got my license, found a great job with a great employer and I love what I do.
We just cruised along, living our life. School activities, church, football games, soccer games, work, etc. A few pivotal moments happened in our lives that really made an impact. After 27 years of marriage, my parents divorced in 1999, which was followed by 2 other divorces in my extended family that changed the whole dynamic of the family. I struggled more with these changes than I ever let on. In 2008, my little brother became very ill with an extremely rare and fatal disease. He died in 2010 and it tore my heart out. For a while, I was broken. Then over the next several years, I lost my aunt, my father-in-law, both of my grandmas, and a good family friend. In the midst of all of the loss we suffered was a bright light; we were given the most incredible, unexpected gift – a baby girl! This little blonde-haired, blue-eyed angel has turned our lives upside down. And NOW our family is complete.
By trade I’m a wastewater operator not a writer or blogger. Writing became kind of a hobby for me. On Facebook, I began writing long posts about my life experiences and opinions. A few friends suggested that write. That got my wheels turning. I’m a do-er; “Don’t talk about it, BE about it” is a favorite phase of mine. I contacted the editor of a local, free, weekly newspaper and inquired about writing a column. She said, “Yes” they would take me on as a columnist. So, now, having written weekly or bi-weekly columns and building a bit of a readership, my friends suggested that I start a blog as well. So here we are at ClearlyCurry.com.
This site will be a collaboration of talents. With my writing and my wife’s creativity we hope to share our life experiences and especially the lessons we learned in life. We hope that you’ll find it encouraging, laugh a little and maybe cry at times. By sharing our experiences we hope to encourage you, help you and inspire you. Hopely you’ll realize you’re really not alone in the way you’re feeling and understand that by sharing and learning from each other we will grow.
Thank you for joining us on this journey!
The Supporting Staff:
Hello. I’m Bobbie, Chad’s better half. I bring to the table some life experiences as a wife, mother (and now grandma) and friend. The person I married, the humans that call me Mom (and Grandma) and the ones I call friends are the very things that make my world turn. I always have plenty to say about them and our experiences.
In spite of being a complete novice, I am the website and social media manager for Clearly Curry. I’m still learning with each keystroke and click. I enjoy the creative part and helping Chad succeed in expressing himself and sharing his thoughts and opinions. I edit a little for him and because we’ve been together for over 25 years I can usually finish his thoughts or help him make his points clearer.
Here, I hope you find a glimpse of our REAL life, our SIMPLE life. We’ll let you see our vulnerable, hurting side but also hope to amuse your with our authentic weirdness. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so please do the same while you’re here.
Visit and visit often! We plan to update the Blog weekly once we’re up and running. Please contact us if you have any suggestions or comments.
Thanks for stopping by and please come back!