Category Archives: family

Act Like a Baby

We never want to hear “You’re such a baby.” We don’t want to be thought of as whiny, quick to tears, and scared of loud noises. So we grow up, swallow our fears, fight back the tears, and bite our tongues…all in … Continue reading

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Hospital Slippers

I wanted him to live forever, but of course that was not to be. The journey of my father’s decline began with more frequent trips to the emergency room–congestive heart failure had hooked its talons into his increasingly frail body. … Continue reading

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The Zen of Burping

My new granddaughter Katherine lay on my shoulder after a feeding, her head nestled into my neck. Full, but unsettled, she tucked her little legs up and made little mewing sounds and head jerks that told me all was not well … Continue reading

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Not Long Enough

In Honor of My Parents’ Seventy-Second Anniversary April 18 Four  middle-aged couples, myself included, sat at a dinner table littered with wadded napkins, half empty coffee cups, and spots of dribbled food. Our conversation ranged from football, to restrained politics, … Continue reading

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The Mourner in the Corner

Remembering the Father of My Children On this Father’s Day, I am thinking of my children’s father, and  my children. At his funeral last December I was the “mourner in the corner.” Widows can weep openly,  but ex-wives ache–ache over lost … Continue reading

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Uncommon Christmas Stories

  We’ve all read the sugary stories of what Christmas means, seen movies where Santa is guided by angels to know which child needs what, and reminisced about candle lit manger scenes. The photo on the left is one of … Continue reading

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Embracing the Good

My children’s father lies in a coma, stricken by a stroke in his brain stem.  Although we are no longer tied by marriage, and we are each happily married to other people, our children are like double-sided tape–they bond us … Continue reading

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