Tag Archives: kids

Pushing Off Into The Water

I forgot to bring Sharkie. I remembered the suits, the towels, the swimming diapers. I even remembered to shave my legs. But it’s been months since I’ve been to a pool. I was out of practice with the mental packing list. Our extended family owns a condominium. In the center of the complex is a building equipped […]
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S is for Surprise

I had news to share with Michael about a home improvement project. I had made phone calls and gotten some estimates. I wanted his attention. I wanted to brainstorm. He gave me his attention. He put on his Project Manager cap and told me about things called budgets and timelines and needing a plan and […]
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Our Fish Funeral

When we brought three guppies and a betta home, the girls were excited. Oh, look at the orange on his tail, it’s like a cheetah. Let’s name him Cheetah.  Right in the middle of their excitement of naming and observing, Michael hit them with the truth: fish will die. Even with that matter-of-fact preparation, when Melisandra found […]
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E is for Exorcism

Babysitters came to our house frequently when I was a kid. When Mom ended the day with a shower and twenty minutes of hair curling, when she pulled out a Swanson’s TV dinner for my sister and me to bake for supper, we knew a babysitter was on her way. Sabrina made my nose wrinkle. […]
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Daughters Going to a Banquet

When I told Melisandra, my daughter, we were going to a Mother Daughter Banquet, she said, “What do you do there?” I said, “We eat brunch and we watch a little program.” I sweetened the tone in my voice, “And, we celebrate our mother- daughterness together.” I put my hands by heart for emphasis on […]
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