Back-To-School Takes

___1___ We went to the pool on Wednesday. I put one toe in the water and realized pool season is over. Amazing, what ten days of cool weather can do. We washed all the suits and are officially retiring the pool until 2013.  ___2___ I’ve been feverishly juggling end-of-summer, beginning-of-schoolyear commitments with DEADLINES. Which is…

Read More

Confounded by a Primary Composition Notebook

Early Friday morning, we loaded up the van and headed for Target, armed with three school supply lists and Christian’s iPhone to calculate whether it’s better to buy 18 small glue sticks or 9 large ones. I had compiled the three lists into one so we’d know total numbers without having to cross-check lists, but…

Read More

7 Quick Takes

  1, 2 and 3: Alex’s school years begin. I was a little worried because he’s been giving me a lot of attitude about his new school. I knew full well that this was how he manifests anxiety about the change, but nonetheless, you can’t help but worry. He came home from the first day…

Read More

Letters to my children, part 1

9/8/09 Dear Alex, You’re crossing a milestone, little man. Last night, I couldn’t yell at you for still lying awake at 10:30. I know very well how it feels to be wound up about tomorrow morning. This morning as we left you at preschool, I wondered how long it will be before school becomes another…

Read More