So This is What It’s Like to Be Early

How’s your summer going? I hope it’s fun-filled, sun-kissed and wine-laden. Here in New Jersey, we still have six weeks left, which is great-ish. Most days. This notation on time is particularly important when I tell you about what happened in Target last week. It was a first. No, I did not leave with a […]

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She’s Five

Scene: Interior Kitchen — Dinnertime, Early July Daughter: So, have you thought more about my Frozen cake? You know, Elsa’s ice castle? And can you make it snow with a button or a handle or something? Me: Uhhhhh, probably not with snow. And it might not look exactly like a castle. Daughter: Just a little […]

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The Summer Vacation Manifesto

Here I am, mere days away from the end of the school year. I’m in the single digit packed lunches countdown. The homework has officially stopped and we are all pretty much coasting toward Friday, when the bell rings for the last time until September. I remember, as a kid, that feeling of having the […]

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The Last First Birthday

  How can this baby possibly be one year old?   This is making me way too emotional, knowing he’s my last, and so this is the last first birthday I’ll ever celebrate. I meet a lot of people who tell me that they are not “baby people” — that they love having kids, but […]

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The Five Stages of Escaping Your Kids for the Weekend

I rarely have plans on the weekends anymore. Unless you count kids’ sports and birthday parties and laundry. Then, yes, my weekends are packed. And yet, as social karma would have it, I had two exciting places to be this past weekend, without kids, at the same time. I was so excited to be attending […]

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The Space Between

Anniversaries of loss are strange postmarks in time. You know the date is coming — it looms in the season, the weather, the calendar. And when it arrives, you somehow feel simultaneously taken by surprise by the passage of time and anchored to the feeling that it has been so long since you’ve seen a […]

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Back it Up

The colors of the world look a little sharper today. The birds are singing a little louder. My arms look slightly thinner in photos (not really). It’s a lovely, lovely day. Because I have my computer back. I’ll give you a minute to finish rolling your eyes. Are we good? OK. Long story short, the […]

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The Rules of the Road

I’m lucky that my husband does not travel very often for his job. There was a time — an exceptionally crazy time — in our lives when he did, and it was nearly the end of me. I’m grateful that those days are behind us. At least for now. He did have a trip this […]

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Seven

Seven snuck up on me. Even though I know what follows six. Even though he had a four-month countdown going. Even though I bought the gifts and made the cakes. Still. Seven snuck up on me in a lot of ways. It snuck up on me that, on the rare occasion when he falls asleep […]

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