People of Northside | Meet the Shockley-Smiths

Northside couple recognized for their kindness.

Meredith and Lauren love and invest in Northside. They are devoted to building relationships with others in the community and welcoming newcomers. Each Wednesday, during the summer months, they host “Family Dinner” at their house. Here, the traditional concept of family is challenged and includes friends from all walks of life who are invited to bring a dish, share drinks and meet new friends.

Meredith Shockley-Smith (Left) with Lauren Shockley-Smith (Right) and their two children Amira and Saige. Photo: Hannah Mee Eun & Brendan Male

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How does one choose the first “People of Northside” feature with so many great folks to pick from in our community? We decided to start with a family who represents part of what we love about our little segment of Cincinnati: diversity.
Meredith and Lauren Shockley-Smith were married just up the hill at Six Acres Bed & Breakfast in May of 2013. As Lauren described their relationship, “we’re the perfect partnership.” Meredith is outgoing and vibrant; Lauren is grounded and witty. Meredith loses her keys; Lauren finds them (daily). Together with their two daughters, Amira and Saige, they are perfectly fit pieces to a beautiful puzzle. You can often see the family of four smiling at Blue Jay for breakfast (where Meredith insists on chili cheese fries at 8 a.m.) or at Hoffner Park attempting to learn to hula hoop. (At least Meredith and the girls are attempting to learn- Lauren put the “A” in Athlete and has no trouble picking it up, of course!)

Each week Meredith and Lauren keep their love alive with a date night where they travel to different neighborhoods for dinner and end with a night cap at The Chameleon or The Tav.

Meredith and Lauren love and invest in Northside. They are devoted to building relationships with others in the community and welcoming newcomers. Each Wednesday, during the summer months, they host “Family Dinner” at their house. Here, the traditional concept of family is challenged and includes friends from all walks of life who are invited to bring a dish, share drinks and meet new friends.

They also participate in neighborhood cleanups, give to countless causes and advocate for LGBT rights. This is all among a list of other “small” tasks, which aid those around them such as taking a neighbor’s granddaughter to her driving test.

Above all, I think they are most recognized for their kindness. There is no pedestrian Meredith won’t talk to, no person sitting alone who Lauren can’t find common ground with, no person they meet they cannot turn into a friend.

They say good writing starts with what you know, and I am lucky to know the Shockley-Smiths. When I think of Northside and the people who represent us, I can’t help but to first think of them: beautiful, friendly, intelligent, generous, funny and accepting. They were, after all, one reason for moving here. Meredith chanted my name when I pulled onto the street with a mutual friend. Lauren teased me in a way that made me feel accepted and good about myself. Amira and Saige would run out the door to greet me or yell to me from their window. The entire family made me excited to come to Northside and today, make me proud to call Northside my home.

What better way to start “People of Northside” than with people who represent us so well like the Shockley-Smiths?

 


By: Lindsay Cavagnaro

Lindsay Cavagnaro
About Lindsay Cavagnaro (3 Articles)
Lindsay is relatively new to Northside moving here in November of 2012. She was drawn here by the sense of community and acceptance Northside offers and plans to stay and contribute for many years to come.

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