I Saw That.

To the mom in the grocery store produce section with the toddlers in nuclear meltdown mode: I saw the look you gave me. The anxiousness. The embarrassment. The fear that I was annoyed or judging you, your children, or the impressive volume and endurance of their shrieking. To you, I say…not a chance. Oh, mom, I…

Some Thoughts on Mother’s Day

I had an odd relationship with Mother’s Day for many years after becoming a mom more than 20 years ago. While the responsibilities of being a mother have happily consumed my existence from the start, it took me a long time to feel like the celebration of Mother’s Day encompassed “someone like me.” I’m a single…

Fairy Tale Tea

“Never look back. If Cinderella went back for her shoe, she would never have been a princess.” This past weekend brought a unique experience for this mother of boys. I got to take my Little Sister to Fairy Tale Tea with Cinderella. My Little was so excited that she called me the night before to…

Birthday Boy

Belated birthday dinner for my eldest. The big 23. A special occasion, smart phones were purposely moved to the center of the table/out of reach, while actual, focused conversations took place among three undistracted participants. It was nice. Of course, once the meal was consumed and after I was given the check, one by one,…

Tell Me Again. How…?

So my eldest has finished college. There. I said it. All that remains is the ceremony to make it official. Next year at this time, it will be my youngest’s turn. How weird is that?? Accordingly, I’ve settled into a strange, weepy, sentimental fog of love, gratitude, pride, and bewilderment. How on earth did we…

You Sure Look Happy

This is that utterly perfect time of year to be a runner. In my mind, any way. Temperatures are cool. Sunlight lingers long enough to get in a few miles after work. A lot more people are out and about. And of course, there’s that little matter of changes in color. Tonight I had one of…

A Long List

These came home with me today from a local candy store. Gifts for my boys. There are so many things that I love about my boys, but the fact that they still love toys ranks right up there at the top. Even Batman Uglydolls. (I found these while searching for Hello Kitty Uglydolls. Go figure.)…

Past…Present…Future

After spending part of the afternoon catching up with a long-time colleague and friend (one of her sweet kitties pictured above), I came home and noticed a letter addressed to my younger son in our pile of mail. His elementary school was scrawled as the return address in the obvious penmanship of a child. I…

I’m good with it.

This was the scene just under a block from our downtown. A wild turkey and a chicken family wandering down the sidewalk. Funniest. Thing. Ever. Our little town is quirky, but this is weird even for us. This was a highlight from an altogether goofy evening earlier this week. With the close of Tanner’s high…

And there you have it.

My baby. My graduate. My soon-to-be college student. Pictured: my brother-in-law Keith, me (omigosh, I’m actually on the other side of a camera), my sister Robyn, Dad, Mom, Tanner and Drew. You know, I wish I had some words of wisdom to extend to my last high school graduate, but I don’t know what it…

Wow. Just Wow.

Some scenes from Tanner’s last few weeks of high school tennis. Conference singles champion. District singles champion. Sectional singles champion. Now he’s headed to the state championships for the fourth time in four years. What a stunning accomplishment. Wow, that’s my kid. I find myself saying that a lot lately. About both of my kids….

Going to the Zoo

My kids might both be adults now, but they’re never too old to celebrate with their mom on Mother’s Day at the zoo. Okay, “celebrate” probably isn’t the right word. How ’bout: They’re never too old to humor their mom on Mother’s Day at the zoo. I’ve been so anxious to pet the stingrays at…

Not Ready for This

Tanner’s spring orchestra concert was Monday. The last of his high school career. One of many “lasts” happening in our house this month. Then… Tuesday & Wednesday – he played in his last tennis team district championship. Thursday & Friday – he played his last individual district championship (he won!). Followed by… Next week: his…

Influence

This is a crappy iPhone photo of one of my favorite moments from today. The kids and I were sitting in the living room when suddenly Tanner pointed towards the window. “Oh, hello!” He was greeting this little guy who was hanging out on our screen. The amazing part was that our blinds were pulled…

Hello, March

Today we welcomed March with sunshine, blue skies, warm breezes…and a trip to chemo. A good day, Drew took it like a champ (as he always does) and is doing well. But it was an unusual visit in that I fell flat asleep during his treatment. Kid you not. Sitting straight up in a plastic chair,…