Taking Comfort

March 15, 2015
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I try really hard not to be the know-it-all mom friend. I really do. I remember how annoying it was to me when everyone with a couple more years in felt compelled to tell me what I was doing wrong. Sometimes, though, I don’t succeed. Like yesterday. Yesterday a friend of mine who has a 3 year old said to me, “We are trying to wean him off his blanky.” I blurted out “What on earth for?” Luckily, she’s a good friend. It didn’t stop her from being annoyed with me, but she will stay my friend. As parenting...

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The Michelle Potential

March 15, 2015
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There are two jobs someone can hold that I wouldn’t want to have to play supportive spouse to. One is preacher and the other is politician. They both live in a fishbowl and people live to pull them down. Michelle Obama is now in the position of having to support her spouse in the most scrutinized support role in the US of A. Life in the political fishbowl isn’t easy on anyone but it is especially brutal for the people and families of the highest office in the land. It ages the people living the role. If you did...

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Where the Old People Go

March 15, 2015
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A friend of mine will likely be going into a nursing home. Which depresses me. I don’t like nursing homes. I worked in one once, and while it wasn’t the worst place in the world, it wasn’t great either. Things happened while I was there that I’ll never forget. I quit pretty abruptly because of the last thing. I know that sometimes they are the only option. Sometimes you have no other choice because you can’t care for your loved one and they do need care. Especially for those who need constant supervision and aren’t flush with assets. The...

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Jeffy Goes to the Farm

March 15, 2015
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My dad takes great delight in telling stories about my childhood’s less than stellar moments. He always has. For some reason he seems to think that the time I dressed my sister up as a ragamuffin and had her selling wildflower bunches door to door to make some cash is very funny. Or that the time I talked my sister into sliding down the clothes chute and she got stuck and the fire department had to rescue her is a most entertaining tale. He repeats these stories at almost every family gathering. Or to strangers on airplanes. What dad...

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Puberty and The Great Escape

March 15, 2015
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When my oldest son was a newborn my friend Emma, who was in the parenting teens stage of life, looked at my son and told him, “Your mama ought to stick you in a little box so you never hit 13.” I was slightly horrified by this at the time. What kind of crazy talk was that? I understand why she said it now. Not that you ever entertain the thought of actually sticking them in a box — that’s my story and I’m sticking with it — but when you become the parent of a child just hitting...

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Graduation Season

March 15, 2015
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Graduation Season

  It is graduation season again. I hate graduation season. It is an excuse for administrators, without any public speaking talent whasoever, to assemble a captive audience and bore us all to tears with motivational and inspirational speechifying. It wouldn’t be so bad if it were like it was when I was a kid and you had highschool graduations and college graduations. Some places had kindergarten graduation but where I was we didn’t even have kindergarten. Now kids graduate from everything. Pre-school, kindergarten, gradeschool, junior high, highschool. If things don’t change they are going to start holding ceremonies, complete...

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