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Portrait of a Mother

She answered the door wearing neither makeup nor shoes. She wore a t-shirt and cut off denim shorts and a closely cropped haircut that was devoid of any styling product.  She smiled as she opened her home to me and … Continue reading

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Parenting: when you’re doing it wrong

I read somewhere that you’re not supposed to take your child’s behavior personally.  We’re not supposed to see the decisions they make or don’t make as a reflection of who we are.  After all, they are their own people. But … Continue reading

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Ten.

As of about two o’clock this morning, I am officially the mother of a ten year old. Ten. One Zero. It now takes two whole digits to accurately describe him.  Or rather, his age.  It obviously takes more than mere … Continue reading

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A Hole At The Table

My family is having Thanksgiving dinner without me today. My mom and my brothers, along with the rest of their families, will gather around a table and turkey, 1400 miles to the north of me in a small ranch house … Continue reading

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We Break From Our Regularly Scheduled Drama To Do Something Good

Kevin of Always Home and Uncool has asked me to post this as part of his effort to raise awareness in the blogosphere of juvenile myositis, a rare autoimmune disease his daughter was diagnosed with on this day seven years … Continue reading

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We Break From Our Regularly Scheduled Drama To Do Something Good

Kevin of Always Home and Uncool has asked me to post this as part of his effort to raise awareness in the blogosphere of juvenile myositis, a rare autoimmune disease his daughter was diagnosed with on this day seven years … Continue reading

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Why you cannot move in with your grandparents, Son.

Dear Devin, You told me over dinner that Grandma has taken you to Chuck E. Cheese like a million times. You lamented the fact that I have never taken you to Chuck E. Cheese’s since we’ve lived in Florida. “Yes, … Continue reading

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Who Put Me In Charge Of These Children?

The first night we got home, I forgot to feed my kids dinner. I haven’t cooked a meal in over a month.  Jared and I ate out or ate string cheese and beer or, in most cases, just didn’t eat … Continue reading

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On Parenting and Dance Parties in Living Rooms

I don’t know if other mothers do this, but I’m constantly thinking about how my children will remember their childhoods. We’ll be in the middle of our lives, and suddenly I see it all as a snapshot.  I look at … Continue reading

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The Whine

My mom says it’s just a phase. My jaw muscles say it feels like this phase has gone on forever. My back teeth are being worn into nubs from the constant attempts to not. lose. my shit. I’m pretty sure … Continue reading

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