For nearly sixty years, Myrtle Lee Goss of Batesburg has opened her home to provide a loving atmosphere and safe haven for three generations of children. Several hundred children have spent numerous hours at her daycare, Talkers and Toddlers, located at 202 Summerland Avenue.
Goss, now 89, is still going strong and looks forward to the arrival of the children every day. Licensed for 34 children, 14 little ones remain with her during the day with the others arriving after school. In the summer the home is filled to the brim with laughing, talkative, children.2
Goss’ daughter, Iris Gunter, along with Amanda Rish helps with the daily needs of running the business. Iris’ granddaughter, Ivy Gunter, helps in the afternoons. The daycare is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week. Lunch and snacks are provided.
While working at another daycare, Goss said, “Some of the mothers wanted me to open my house as a daycare, so I did. Taking care of children just comes naturally to me. I look forward for them every day. If one is out sick, I feel bad for them and hope they will be back the next day.”
Goss has also kept five of her grandchildren and five great-grands. Another great-grand is on the way as Iris’ son, Chris and his wife, Jessica, are looking forward to the arrival of their baby.
Goss says she has no plans to retire. “Even if I can’t do what I used to, I can sit and tell the others what to do.” So, at the end of the day, parents who entrust their children to Goss know their babies have been well cared for, loved, and protected. As she stated earlier, taking care of little ones just comes naturally to her.
BY ANNA LONG