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February 9, 2021
School is In Session

I took my children to school today. It felt gloriously normal, like muscles that have ached to be stretched. It's hard to be isolated in eighth and ninth grade. As a friend of mine said, "Once I started ninth grade, my social life was so busy that I pretty much never really came back home." […]

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September 29, 2020
On Dating the Daughters

"Mom, I asked her to be my girlfriend. But don't worry - I talked to her dad already." "You asked her dad?" Peter and I exchanged silent glances, since "asking the dad" isn't something we had coached this young man to do. There are a few gifts born from my sons watching my own love […]

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June 24, 2020
We Are Trying to Be Civilized.

Maybe you've seen this story that's circulating on social media: "Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones.  But no. Mead said that the first sign […]

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April 23, 2020
Ranch Dressing and Orgasms

"Mom, did you know they make ranch dressing seasoning?" one son says. "I feel like she bought that already," says the other son. "No, not the dressing mix. It's in a shaker. Like parmesan cheese," says one son. "I had a bad experience with ranch dressing," says the other son. "What was it?" "Uncle Rob […]

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March 30, 2020
The Very Definition

  Looking through some old journals tonight, I found this dialogue from four-year-old Tucker: "Mommy, let's make a train. Tyler will be the engine and I'll be the caboose. You be the track." I wrote: That feels like the very definition of motherhood. All my love to of you "train tracks" out there. I raise […]

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March 24, 2020
Sparkly, Shiny Promises

A few years ago, I kept things lively with a special treat for the boys each day of spring break. One day, we visited the arcade with a handful of quarters for their glorious spending pleasure. Tuck spent his coins on experiences: virtual motorcycle rides and shooting galleries. Tyler spent his coins and best efforts […]

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February 20, 2020
"Don't Use Her Name."

My son witnessed an assault against a young woman in his P.E. Class. A situation of a young man wielding a hockey stick where it should never, ever go. The school administration handled it well, which is why I feel okay writing about it here. It doesn't need to be rehashed or revisited, but my […]

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September 19, 2019
Balls, Strikes, and Courage

Just when I thought I knew my role as Baseball Mom, my boys changed their position on the field. They're umpires now. Baseball officials. They make the calls for Little League Games - the littlest of the leagues. Little tiny doll-size players who are eye level with Tucker's belt buckle. A catcher so small and so […]

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August 3, 2019
Creatures of Wonder

Creature of wonder, man-child of mine. You look like a puzzling and impossible blend of genetics, of his eyebrows and her nose, a mix of the boy who you have always been and the man you are becoming. You look like the preschooler who lined up his blueberries around the rim of the breakfast plate, […]

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July 26, 2019
A Brand New, Shiny and Sparkly Decade

Last year at this time, all I really wanted in the world was to turn Forty.  You guys, I am here to tell you: dreams do come true.  Forty is my new favorite thing. And I just knew it would be. I've given this some thought, and here's the thing.  Your twenties are about exploration, […]

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July 7, 2019
Family Devotions and Testicles

We gave the boys new Bibles for Easter, because it was time. They needed to graduate to a version that doesn’t say “Little Boy’s Bible” on the cover or entice them with animated drawings of someone who may or may not look like Jesus or Moses or Daniel or Joshua. The new editions are leather […]

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April 27, 2019
A White Wolf in the Living Room

So, let me set the stage. We had just finished a two-day baseball tournament, and we were - all of us - more than a little sun-speckled and exhausted from hours at the baseball park. Seven, to be exact, and I'm usually counting. Tuck was of course the most tired of all, given the constant […]

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December 6, 2018
Parents, Patients, and Bendy Straws: The Hospital Waiting Room

The waiting room in the surgery center at Children's Hospital is a tender place. So many parents. So much waiting. I remembered this yesterday, as we checked in for Tucker's "last leg" of Broken Foot Summer. His hardware would be removed with what turned out to be very similar to a Black & Decker hand […]

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November 27, 2018
Walkie Talkies and Free Will

If you have children who have grown out of car seats but are not yet allowed behind the wheel, let me let you in on the key ingredient for a little dose of freedom on a family camping trip: walkie talkies. Trust me on this. It’s a little space and independence for everybody. What a […]

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September 10, 2018
Rites of Passage: Cop, Coach, Consultant

This morning, my oldest boy turned thirteen, and my younger boy boarded the bus for three days at Outdoor Ed. I mean, I'm the mom who celebrates all the milestones and every little step toward independence, but even I have to say… it was a lot for one day. I watched each one blend into […]

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August 27, 2018
So Big, So Small

It was a February day When your dad came by, before going away A U-Haul truck in the driveway The day it was suddenly real I told you not to come outside But you saw that truck And you smiled so wide A real live truck in your driveway We let you sit behind the […]

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April 30, 2018
Vintage Technology

Tucker left this morning for Outdoor Ed, the rite of passage for sixth graders. And so my heart will live outside my body for the next three days. I don't think I'm an overprotective mom, and it's not like it's his first time away from home. But there's something about watching him blend in with […]

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April 23, 2018
Whatever Day

My kids have so many days off school this week. An Assessment Day, a Professional Day, a Comp Day, and the Walk-Out protest that so many teachers are participating in that the whole district closed down. (I have mixed feelings about this. Most of us do.) It's like Spring Break revisited. Since the boys each […]

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April 12, 2018
Just Try Not To Laugh

The sheets are slit. Who slit the sheets? Whoever slit the sheets is a good sheet slitter. It's our family-favorite tongue twister. And probably the best one in the world. (Warning: Language.)  

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May 9, 2017
On the Day that You Were Born

Tyler is Ten. I realized this weekend that every single bit of baby is gone from him, even from his knuckles and knees. He isn't round or dimpled anywhere. He is all lines and knobs now. No more single digits in this house. No more little boys. Just double digits and aspiring young men. I'm […]

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