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Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

First Day of Kindergarten

My son started kindergarten today and after a complete melt down by yours truly last week, today came and went with no over-the-top sentimentality. He was ready for this and I’m probably more ready than I wanted to believe. He’s in an amazing school surrounded by people dedicated to educational excellence and character development, and [...]

Friday Funday Dinner Story

Even though Friday is half over, it still calls for a Friday Funday post.
We started calling Friday “Funday” because at Aaron’s school Friday afternoons are reserved for activities that are thought of as traditionally more fun. Of course I’d argue that a good book is the most fun, but hey…what do I know?
To carry the [...]

Spinning My Perspective

Last night I wept. This morning I continued to mourn the passage of time, but with less need. This afternoon I let three tears wash across my cheek and tonight I’m tentatively looking for a new view.
When I wrote last night about not being ready for Aaron to start Kindergarten I was peeled and agonizingly [...]

Please Help. I’m Not Ready

I’m not ready. How have the last five years gone by with a warped speed that creates convulsions and daggers my heart? I know you’ve felt the same thing, mourned the same passage of time, yet rejoiced in the same milestones. But tonight, this night, this day, six days from the beginning of something so [...]

Yelling at a Child Changes Who They Are

At five and a half, Aaron has long passed the question of to pee standing up or sitting down. He’s been intent to balance on two legs while aiming with his third for an eternity, and quite frankly I’m overly tired of cleaning up pee. We have four bathrooms in this house and at least [...]

Parenting May Have Ruined My Mind

Last night I took one of those online Myers Briggs quizzes. Have you ever taken a Myers Briggs personality inventory? I always think these types of things are interesting, especially if you can print out five pages of results, hand them to your spouse and demand he immediately read and provide relevant feedback.
What I found [...]

Shearing the Apron Strings

As  we celebrated my youngest stepchild’s college graduation yesterday and contemplated all the new adventures she’ll create while embracing a new, independent life, I was struck several times by clock hands and their rapid ticking around the nucleus of my life. As every parent is, I’m amazed at the passage of time and the speed [...]

What Is My Son Planning?

I’m really not quite sure what to think of recent conversations around our dinner table. My 5-year-old seems to be making plans that don’t include his parents…long term plans, and I’m starting to worry he’s met a hit man on the playground, or his older, adult siblings have been talking to him again…
Last Week…
Aaron: (looking [...]

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I Need a New Reason to Binge

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I was lamenting about education and admitting the bits of sanity rolling through the tumble brush of my mind were riding away on a breeze? I was losing sleep and working diligently to drown in ice cream as I registered my son to begin a public school [...]