Category: kids

Morning Coat

There is an owl that lives by my house. I don’t often hear her and I’ve only seen her fly over once, but she’s there.  I’m not sure why I call her “she”, but I always have. Yesterday morning I was up early, it was still dark, moon and stars still out.  It was cold…

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Expensive Material

I may have missed my chance to be rich and famous. Maggie came home tonight and informed me that if I just wrote books like the one she started reading today, I would be famous and rich and people would love me. Wow, I was a little taken aback by her enthusiasm, but Maggie doesn’t…

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Red Socks

You can be the outcast or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love, or you can start speaking up. More than anything else, more than any other “life skill,” I wish this for my children. Actually, I wish it for all of us. It’s Friday.  Enjoy. That’s all from the laundry room.  Sleep Naked.

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Clean Lines

Lower it up. When my children were younger if they wanted the music or a movie turned up they would say, “Lower it up, please.”  It started with our oldest daughter and the phrase was handed down to the other two.  My youngest still slips up and says it now and then.  I love the…

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Folding Sheets

Remember Kraft Singles? Or folding a piece of Oscar Meyer baloney in half and biting a hole in the center? Michael asked me these two questions last night. We’ve been married a long time. I had a crap day and after talking with him I went to bed a little lighter, a little less adult.…

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Protective Gear

I never liked dodgeball in school. Actually, I only remember playing it once and I was slammed with the ball before I even knew what hit me. I don’t like getting hurt.  Physically or emotionally, pain is not my thing.  I don’t mind being physically sore or even emotionally pissed off, but I try to…

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School Clothes

Remember who you are.  Work hard and be open to new friends.  Have fun.  I love you very much. Every year, on the first day of school, I put a note in my childrens’ lunch.  My son is a junior in high school and while his note is a very small index card shoved way…

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Wash with Like Colors

Writing is an interesting pastime, job, hobby, passion.  Whatever you want to call it, it’s a unique way to spend your time. I write when I’m sad, frustrated and most of the time when the stories or voices in my head will not be quite. I have to consciously make myself write when I’m happily…

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Prairie Skirt

I had no idea Prairie Dawn wore days of the week underwear. She’s also a Leo, her birthday is 8/3, and her mother is named Delta (making her Delta Dawn like the song).  I Googled her and found out she’s pretty darn fascinating. When I was younger I was always more of a Miss Piggy…

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