First Day of School

I stand in front of the mirror, a dry run for tomorrow, full-front, then turn to one side & then the other, smoothing out the wrinkles of my pristinely new dress. This will need to be ironed. Slipping the brown, flat, flip-flops on. No, the heals will look better even though they aren't new. They'll... Continue Reading →


Phantom Children

Sending a child off to college is what I'd imagine severing a limb is like. You feel phantom pain long after it's gone; though in this case, it's more like a sense of longing than actual pain. I recall telling my mother, during my first pregnancy, "I just can't wait to get this A.F.P. screen... Continue Reading →

UM: Atonement

In an earlier blog, I wrote about the Summer of Repairs, literally referring to the many things that have broken down and needed fixing this summer. At the time, I didn't realize how figuratively that title/entry applied to my summer. I see my life in chapters... time periods of themes, such as the playgroup period... Continue Reading →

The Other Place

Every summer it beckons, like a calling. The few summers we didn't respond didn't seem like summer at all. I smell the salt water in the air when we arrive, feeling the familiar heat like a tattered, cottony, smooth blanket, each tear marking a memory. Our car wades through the traffic like taking baby steps... Continue Reading →

Summer of Repairs

Every time we turn around, something is falling apart. We began the summer preparing for Tyler's high school graduation party. Having invited 80 guests, we rented a tent, hired a caterer, I prepared some dishes myself, decorated with balloons and streamers-- classy grey, black and white theme-- and stood back, ready for the guests to... Continue Reading →

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