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Game Changer December 22, 2017

My life has recently changed for the better.  My son got his driver’s license, and it is an absolute game changer. We did not run out and buy him a new car.  Rather, the old minivan that we bought when I was pregnant with him, is his for the using.  It runs just fine, and…

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It Comes in Threes September 16, 2017

                Honestly, the day started out just fine if you don’t count the fact that I had to set my alarm for 6 on a Saturday morning.  I drove my son to his rehearsal at the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, drank coffee and wrote in the audience, and was generally peaceful, if a little sleepy. …

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Dress Code Blues August 5, 2017

‘Tis the beginning of the school year, and, ergo, ‘tis the time of year in which teenagers all around the world get huffy about their schools’ dress codes.  The teenagers in my house are no exception. I take that back.  My teenage son doesn’t much care, since it doesn’t really affect him.  Boy fashion is…

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Ghost Tour June 25, 2017

Why take a tour when you can take a ghost tour? I found myself in Savannah, GA for a work conference and, because this sort of thing is what passes for a vacation for my family, I dragged them all along.  They entertained themselves during the day while I was being educated but at night…

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I Hate My Son June 18, 2017

It’s probably wrong on a fundamental level for me to be so insanely jealous of my own child that I kind of hate him a little bit.  Jacob, whose friends are clearly of a higher quality than my own, is currently touring Italy and France with a friend of his and her family.  I’m not…

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There’s a Salad in my Bathroom June 11, 2017

Note: This piece won 3rd place in the spring 2017 Fan Story non-fiction essay writing contest.     One of the most interesting things about being a parent is how often you find yourself saying things that you never thought you’d say.  There are plenty of sentences that have flown out of my mouth using common words with…

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Mother Knows Best April 16, 2017

Mother Knows Best is a cliché for a reason. On average, given a wide margin of error, the standard deviation and other statistical considerations, I am right approximately 100% of the time. I mean, I’m not right ALWAYS, and not in every context.  I’m fallible like any other human. But when it comes to stuff…

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My Baby Boy Is Sick March 26, 2017

My sweet little baby boy is sick.  He went to school on Tuesday, and almost immediately called to come home from the nurse’s office.  He had a fever of 100.7, which is a number better seen on a radio dial than a thermometer.  Four days later his fever is still there, persistent and visible.  We…

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Get a Job, Kid January 29, 2017

“Get a Job, Kid!” I can’t count the number of times I’ve said this in response to a sentence that starts “Mooooomm!  I waaaaant.” Well, my boy finally took my advice. My boy, who is now so old that if he goes a few days without shaving you can see the stubble on his jawline…

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