Dear School District,
We’ve had a great year this past year. My kids loved their teachers and I was happy with the education that they received.
But I have one complaint: the sheer number of…times parents are invited and encouraged to come to our children’s class over the course of a year.. Here is a sample of events that I was asked to participate in this last school year: Veteran’s Day letter writing, birthdays, holiday parties, New Year's party, field trips, Mother’s Day tea, Field Day, end of the… >> Read More
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, the day America is called to bust out the credit card in the name of Mom. For most, it is a day for connection and warm memory-making, but for those whose mothers are…no longer with them—or not in their lives— Mother’s Day can make the pain extra sharp. If you've lost a mother, here are some ways to cope on Mother’s Day: 1. Practice self-care. Sleep in. Go on a hike. Eat a nice meal. Treat yourself to a massage. Do things that bring you comfort and… >> Read More
Standing on line at Ulta during my lunch break, I noticed a very pregnant mom with three young kids in front of me. Her sons–appearing to be 3 and 4- were quietly playing with a toy they had…brought from home and her daughter, maybe 1, was strapped into a stroller. The line was pretty long for a random Monday and I was growing impatient between needing to get back to the office for a meeting and a growling stomach. When the next cashier opened up, the mom turned to the kids, “It’s… >> Read More
Soon after my son was born, my mother began coming over for day visits. She had generously offered to take a day off work each week to help around the apartment while I adjusted to life with a…newborn. Each visit, she’d take on a different household task, checking a box that existed clearly on a list in my mind before baby but only hazily now. Sure, the dishes were being washed, the dog being walked, the laundry being done all alleviated the general feeling of chaos I had descended into, but really,… >> Read More
It is with the greatest of sadnesses that I write you this letter today. I have written and erased this letter in my mind hundreds of times. A week ago, I thought to myself,…“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Jacob is born on Mother’s Day?” And yesterday was an ordinary afternoon. I sat in the JCC parking lot, and thought to check my phone before driving home. And then I saw your text, the worst I’d ever received. Adina I lost the baby. I blinked. There had to be… >> Read More