Those Knuckleheads Really Were Paying Attention

Knuckleheads

There is no way to be a perfect parent, but there are a lot of ways to be a good one. Steve Martin, Cheaper By the Dozen   I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t say to my kids, “Look, I’ve never done this before. I’m doin’ the best that I can.” […]

Sometimes Mothers are So Misunderstood

As an elementary school girl, I had a fetish for the paper fortune teller game. Remember the one that was folded like origami and involved numbers, favorite colors, and ended with predictions on which boy you would marry? Or, what you would be when you grew up? Or, horrors, how you would die? I can […]

Wishing You Moments of Captured Time for the New Year

Since writing my last post, I’ve been pondering the evolution of holiday traditions. How they started. Why we continue some and not others. New traditions that spring up and are adopted…Shelf Elf…or not. I choose “not.” What occurred to me is that many of our traditions started out of scarcity. Feasts were thrown around holidays […]

I Was Caught. My “Simplify the Holidays” Secret is Out.

Two days before Thanksgiving, I’m standing in the check out line of one of my favorite grocery stores thinking, “I sure hope no one sees me here.” I’m about halfway finished unloading my cart and mid-way through a turn from the cart back to the conveyor belt, when I catch the eye of this darling […]

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, Anyone? Anyone?

My summer office is closed up. I made it through the first full week of kids back in school coupled with their activities. And this past weekend, I was beat. So very, very tired. Before the weekend even started I let my daughter know, “I will only ‘drop you off and pick you up’ one […]

What We Pass Along

I remember Mr. Burke’s small, perfectly formed, all-caps script he used to write the date and reminders above each song. I remember that he was rather tall without much hair and that he lived with his mother. And I remember, that in the din of the small lamp in our living room, he taught me […]

A Little Diddy to Say Thanks….

My guy after his Lacrosse game. He was so wiped he didn’t even make it past the couch before he was asleep. Shhh….those of you who know him, don’t tell him I put this pic up.   I feel full of gratitude. Many of you emailed me or called me or sent “get well soon” […]

Seeking Sunlight

Sun streaming through cherry blossoms

    My twelve-year-old, inherited it all – the allergies, the sensitive stomach, the asthma. And somehow, it just doesn’t seem fair. He’s my athlete. My sporty-guy. The one who will stand out in the rain shooting baskets for hours while the rest of us stay dry inside. The one who will use the twenty […]

Comforting Yourself with Turkey and Bacon Meatballs

You had been told that this would happen. This ever-increasing independence. The wings starting to flap. You’d read about it in books. You’d been told, many, many times by all the people who came before you but still, for you, you weren’t quite ready. No, you’re still back in preschool when she’d cry and call […]

A New Year. A New Word.

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot. -Eleanor Roosevelt   I always like fresh starts. New beginnings. The start of a new year. A brand new calendar without a single commitment written down […]

The Boss Lady Wants to Know…

A few weeks ago, my 6-year-old reportedly said to his father, “Um, Dad, why is Mom the boss? I thought you were supposed to be the boss?” The Rooster ruffled his feathers and replied, “Well, I’m the boss too. We’re both the boss.” “Then why is Mom always bossing everyone around. She bosses me around. […]