Category: kids

Basket

Jack had a bath today. My youngest turned sixteen at the end of February, and then two weeks later my son turned nineteen, and a couple months before that my oldest bought her first car . . . on her own. But, Jack had a bath today. This is what I like to call Look Over…

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Big Girl Pants

I’ve never liked escalators. When I was a child, I was terrified of them. I’d grasp for a hand or stand there holding up traffic. I was always worried that I’d miss the first step and somehow slide into the steel folding blocks of decent. There they would crunch me up like yesterday’s garbage. It was…

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Spin

Less is seldom more. My son will move out of our house and into his college dorm next week. He drives me nuts.  He’s been what they call a “challenge.”  Loud, self-absorbed, and crazy moody. He still eats in his room, still tries to sidestep chores or responsibility, still runs at full speed and scares the crap out of me.  He’s arrogant and selfish…

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Soiled Jeans

When Maggie was younger, she played with snails in our backyard. She would dig through the dirt, make them little leaf houses, talk to them, and then beg me to let her bring them in her room.  This went on for a while and then one day her brother and sister got involved.  They grabbed a…

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Torn Jacket

A boy at my children’s high school was voted homecoming king this past week. The entire student body had a chance to nominate.  Finalists were chosen.  Those students where then put on a ballot and the king was selected. I remember high school.  I remember the kids that were always chosen for these types of things.  They were…

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Close Fit

There was a young woman at Whole Foods tonight in a wheelchair. She looked like she may have been recently released from the hospital.  I instinctively recognized the telltale bandages, tape, and that weak, but happy to be out, look.  She was smelling the natural soap slices with her brother, maybe her boyfriend.  She was smiling and I stood…

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Skorts

Warning:  This post is a rant.  If you are not in the mood, or you’re super sensitive, or maybe even if you bring your dog into Starbucks.  You should close out and come back later. Take Our Daughters…and Sons to Work Day. Stop.  This has really got to stop. The day was originally Take Our Daughters to…

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Color Brighteners

I’m baking a cake today. Actually I baked the cake part last night and later today I’ll frost.  This one’s a little different.  Dark chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream frosting and then dark chocolate ganache poured over the top just until it cascades down the sides.  It looks beautiful in the picture. Remains to be seen…

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Jumpsuit

There are basics in everything, even parenting. I read this article today about wardrobe basics.  I’m forever trying to stock my closet so I look like…well, someone super cool.  It never works, and I default to the navy blue T-shirt and jeans just about every day, but it’s still a new year so I’ll delude…

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