I DIDN’T KNOW

I watch you growing up And I find myself alone Begging for the strength To one day let you go To watch you walk away No more bedtime stories No more skinned knees No more “but mom please” I didn’t know… I’d run out of time so soon That you’d be mindlessly Saying goodbye each…

#BeReal – BRITTA BUCHANAN

My #BeReal guest today is Britta Buchanan. What does it mean to #bereal? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, in the context of how I perceive myself and in the context of how others perceive me. As I write this, I am wrapping up one semester of teaching English in Thailand with the…

#BeReal – DON ORTOLANO

My #BeReal guest today is Don Ortolano. I was very excited to hear from today’s guest. He is the father of a previous #BeReal writer as well as the father of one of my favorite friends. It gets even more wonderful because tomorrow you will hear from another one of his daughters and a granddaughter.…

ZOMBIE CAMP

  I took my daughter to summer camp yesterday for a year week. I checked everything off the list as we packed and I didn’t break down much every time I packed something in her suitcase like I did last year. She tried to pack the dog at one point; but after telling her she…

LEAVE IT TO BEAVER KILLED THE MAGIC

It was bound to happen eventually. “Mom?” I was getting ready for a party when my 9 year old sauntered in slowly trying not to smile as if she had a secret. “I know you don’t want me to grow up so fast but…” she said as she tried to contain what seemed like embarrassment. …

I WASN’T EASY

I wasn’t easy to raise. I was oblivious, absent minded, dangerously curious, and constantly getting into things.  I hear the stories everytime the family gathers and wonder, “who the heck are they talking about?”  My brother likens me to the female Dennis the Menace.  I often think my mom must really be Beverly Cleary because the Romona…