My first birthday without my mother

I have a birthday this week. It’s my first birthday without my mother. I’m not asking for “happy birthdays” or even remarks about “how good I look for my age.” I’m just trying to settle into a new decade (yuk!) and lean into...

What I love about spring

1. Trees. I love that trees in Virginia bloom white, pink, and purple before their leaves come out. Flowers on trees is a terribly clever idea. 2. Grass and Mulch. I love the smell of cut grass and mulch. My kids think grass and mulch smell like work. But I think they...

A Look Inside

Do you look inside yourself? Really look and listen? Your actions are speaking to you. Yes, they speak to others, but more importantly, they talk to you about who you are and why you feel the way you feel. Embarrassment tells me I’m too full of myself. Arrogance...

Every Time I Look in the Mirror

Mom, I see you every time I look in the mirror. In my twenties and thirties, I might not have appreciated the similarities as much as I do now. When I’m walking past a car window or hallway mirror, I catch a fleeting image of my face. It startles me, because I...

10 Responses to Difficult Children

Here are some time-proven one-liners for those children who have a retort for everything. And your child won’t require therapy some day because you said them. He might even be qualified to give therapy. 10. Life’s not fair. 9. Are you sure that’s the story...

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