Category Archives: Growing Up

The Vulnerability in Weddings

Wedding planning.  I was hopelessly, laughably naive. I’m taking a moment here to breathe.  My high anxiety personality is not conducive to planning an event, especially when it’s my own. If I were doing this for someone else, it would … Continue reading

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Dead Fish Stares and Eye-Rolling

There has never been, nor will there ever be, an experience in the universe more humbling or demoralizing than parenting a teenager. In the interest of keeping it real and not just painting a pretty picture for the general public, … Continue reading

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High School Residue

In the past two days, I’ve toured three different high schools. By this evening’s end, it will be four. By the end of next week, we’ll have attended four more events at those schools. I am drowning in high school … Continue reading

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The Real New Year

As a parent, the first day of school is ‘the new year’ to me.  January 1st seems almost trivial in comparison.  It’s August that holds the promise and excitement of starting over as you help them assemble school supplies, notebooks, … Continue reading

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The Shoe of Society

The Divine Miss M and her dear friend, the Non-Conformist*, made this Shoe of Society collage this weekend. In their words, the left side represents societal views of women, dominated by pink. The right side represents more independent thinking, accomplishments, “some … Continue reading

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The Divine Miss M enters the teen years

January 8, 2001, 8:45 p.m. Thirteen years ago.  That’s when my whole life changed, cliché as it sounds.   I think, in hindsight, I was too young and too naive … but she arrived, anyway.  Since that moment, everything has … Continue reading

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I’m Telling Santa

I was at Target recently and overheard this conversation between two sisters. I’m terrible at guessing ages but I’m going to say, maybe 8 and 6. Eight year old, dreamily: “I’ve been dreaming of this phone since I was a … Continue reading

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I can’t ‘have gone’ if I never ‘go’

I loathe running, which some might think odd since I’m a runner. I adore pancakes, which no-one would think odd unless they’re weird.  Because pancakes are … well, they’re pancakes, they speak for themselves. Also, they have little to do … Continue reading

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