Month: July 2013

Baby It’s Hot Outside

This is the difference between summertime and the other seasons: 1. Daylight arrives early and stays late, which means… 2. Bedtime is moot. This is hard on a mom who needs just a bit of breathing room. 3. The children never leave. Thanks for not telling me how one day when they do leave, I will miss them and yearn…

Muddling Through

Is there a word or a phrase that you just can’t stand hearing? You know how that is, just wanting to cringe when you hear a word that irritates you?  Maybe this is an English major problem. Or maybe you’re like my sister, who cringes whenever she hears the word moist because she thinks it sounds so very gross, especially when…

Dog Days

I’m that mom: that mean witch-woman who is so rude because she will not let her children have a dog.  It seems practically un-American, as my dad likes to tell me. When the boys beg for a dog, I always respond the same way. I tell them I will consider it whenevery last one of them is 100% potty-trained. In this…

Got Exigence?

This evening Jack said a new word. Actually it was a phrase. And it was quite wonderfully intelligible and situation-specific. We were a loaded van returning from the football chalk talk, and when we turned right toward home, instead of left (toward French fries),  Jack started bellowing. It got a little raucous. Henry had to switch places with his pal…

This Is 36

Ten years ago I was the perfect mom. I mean, not to be a Braggy Braggerton but I really had the parenting business buttoned up. I was a twenty-five-year old stay-at-home mom doing just what I had always wanted. I had done my time in college and graduate school and now after five years of married life, I was getting…