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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Magical, Mostly

If the measure of one’s vacation is how many metric tons of French fries and ice cream one consumed, then I pretty much just took the trip of a lifetime. We spent eight nights at Walt Disney World and, I have to say, I am having serious withdrawal. When I came home and was faced […]

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The Need for Speed

There are certain times in the course of my marriage when I’m particularly grateful to have wed an engineer. Like when the minivan needs to be packed with Jenga-like precision for a family road trip. Or when something goes inexplicably wrong with the cable box. Or when a Cub Scout leader hands your six year-old […]

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What Would You Say About Your Husband in a Book?

I have often accused my husband of Party Sabotage. It comes up every time we have people over, whether it’s just a few friends or a group of 30 for Christmas. I don’t know if it’s a Mars/Venus thing, or if we have different priorities, or what. All I know is that I tend to […]

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