The Courage Not To Hide His Smile

He hides his smiles. Or at least, he tries. He can’t say for sure why he does it. But at some deep level in my soul I think I understand, because he is so much like me. He’s self-conscious, and he’s trying to be humble. Always, one or both of those things comes into play.…

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Pinewood Derby Day

Today is about (insert epic announcer voice) The Thrill Of Victory and the Agony of Defeat…. …or something like that. My oldest is a bright, thoughtful kid. Empathetic and sensitive and introverted, and in short, a continual source of pride to me. Not perfect, but a continual source of pride nonetheless. “He wants to get his…

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Me, My Boy, and the Words on the Page

I wrote my first story in the fourth grade, in the back seat of the “new bus” (at that time, my rural Catholic school had two bus routes; I was on number 2) with my second cousin. We knelt on the floor and used the vinyl seats as a desk. We were writing fan fiction.…

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Me, My Kid, And Risk Aversion

  There was an article in the Washington Post last week about middle schoolers and risk taking. Essentially, it said: in order for children to morph into adults, they have to take risks–defined as anything that takes them outside their comfort zone: crazy hair, weird clothes, a new activity–or scarier alternatives like drugs, sex and…

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A New Stage of Parenthood

I’ve been firmly entrenched in the “small child” phase of parenting for so long, I kind of forgot there was another stage coming. Well, really in the grand scheme of life, it isn’t that long. I’ve been married almost fifteen. With Christian for almost nineteen. Playing flute for thirty. Writing for thirty-five, and going to…

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Alex’s Birth Story: a 7QT post

Today is about you, sweetheart. ___1___ Alex’s birth story began with three years of infertility. In the process of overcoming that we started seeing a doctor two hours away, who was so amazing that we decided it was worth staying with him throughout pregnancy and childbirth, despite the distance. So three weeks before the due…

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