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It was a dream—and a challenge. Could my two siblings and I–now with full calendars and spread across the country–relive the road trips of our youth that exist only in sepia-toned…photos? After talking about it for years, we finally made it happen in summer 2016: A ten day itinerary, including San Francisco, Carmel and Yosemite National Park. But while we were excited, we also needed to acknowledge that a lot had changed since we last shared the back seat of a Ford station wagon, blissfully… >> Read More
Last Friday started off as a pretty typical day. I had an appointment downtown in the morning and lunch scheduled afterwards with a friend. I had been looking forward to seeing her—several weeks of…summer had passed since our last meet-up. We talked about motherhood, other friends who were expecting, parenting with our partners. It was a nice catch-up, and I left in a good mood. But the day later went sour with the news of the weekend’s white nationalist/neo-Nazi/white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA. My first reaction to… >> Read More
Before my son was born, I had always imagined sending out holiday/New Year photograph greeting cards—the analog version of Facebook, perhaps. When he came along, we managed to throw together his…first year’s card with a couple of happy-seeming impromptu pictures in warm clothing on a cold day. Despite not really capturing his 5-month old toothless grin, and with much agony over whether drool was visible in print, I created a nice card that went out to the ends of the earth. But this past winter,… >> Read More
My kids are coming home from camp, and I'm suddenly worried--worried about so many things: Did they have fun? Did they make new friends? The real ones that last a lifetime or at least until next…summer? Did they eat too much junk at camp? Did they get enough exercise? How will they transition to home and family-life?Are we going to have the same old battles over screens? Will my daughter flip out when she gets off the bus, and we tell her she has to get in the car and… >> Read More
Every mother knows that motherhood is full of simple joys. Just tonight, my toddler son, who has been obsessed with my favorite cheap sunglasses, stole them off my head. He smashed them onto his own…face, and tilted his head up just enough to keep them from sliding down his nose. Once they were balanced precariously on his face, he began parading around proudly—having acquired a new, previously-envied lens too look through. I couldn’t help but laugh. Even when I am feeling sad in my heart, as I do on… >> Read More