Just a few days ago, I happened to be with a friend when her father called to wish her happy birthday. The exchange only lasted a mere fifteen seconds, but I felt a melancholy shift inside. It…reminded me of all the years I was lucky enough to receive birthday calls from my father. My father will not be calling me this year. He hasn’t done so for the last decade. I turn 40 this year, and this birthday feels different from all the others — sadder, more somber and heartbreaking. In… >> Read More
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
Celebrating a birthday is a momentous occasion in general (yes, even as you get older, it's another year you get to live life and grow and learn...and eat cupcakes). To turn 100, however, is truly a…celebration, especially if you happen to turn 100 with your twin. This is what happened to identical twin sisters Maria Pignaton Pontin and Paulina Pignaton Pandolfi. Brazilian photographer Camila Lima had a fabulous and fun photo shoot with the sisters, because why not celebrate that milestone--especially one many people don't get to experience themselves? Lima echoed… >> Read More
Later this week, on Earth Day actually, we have two birthday parties to attend. One party is for a boy about to turn 4 and one party is for a girl who should be turning 6.
The birthday boy will…have a party that incorporates the Earth and recycling and the environment. I suspect there will also be some sort of tractor or construction vehicle as well. There will be a crowd of grandparents, cousins, friends and family. There will be presents and cake and lots of laughter. The other party will be different. It… >> Read More
This past weekend we celebrated my youngest daughter's 1st birthday with, once again, a big bash. You see, I used to be an event planner and so I just like throwing parties. For each of my older’s…daughter’s birthdays (four so far) I admittedly went a bit overboard—think rainbow cupcakes and mermaid photo booths—but the parties turned out to be so much fun, and I wanted the same for my freshly-minted 1-year-old. Some people have been surprised that we opted to throw another big bash for our second child. People are always… >> Read More