Category archives: Family

My Daughter’s Birthday Has Me Singing the Blues Bookmark and Share

My Daughter’s Birthday Has Me Singing the Blues

My baby turns 7 this week, which means I’ve begun my yearly descent into weepiness and nostalgia that isn’t PMS-induced. It’s the birthday blues, and they’ve appeared like clockwork ever since her first birthday.

I actually thought I’d escaped tear-free this year, but no, I simply hadn’t been triggered yet. Yesterday my daughter and 11 friends celebrated by making journals out of cereal boxes at her recycled art–themed party. Her smile beamed as she listened to friends from her current school and last year’s school singing rousing renditions of both “Happy Birthday ...

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Why We Finally Caved to the ‘American Dream’ Bookmark and Share

Why We Finally Caved to the ‘American Dream’

My husband and I have done two things we said we’d never do (and neither was reminiscent of 50 Shades of Grey). We bought a house and it’s in the suburbs.

Isn’t this the American Dream? Perhaps for many people it is, but it’s never been our dream.

After a condo-owning fiasco, we had sworn we’d never own property again. We’d happily fork over cash to a landlord if it meant trading in home maintenance and a hefty mortgage for more fun things, like dining out and European vacations.

Plus, our anti-car sentiment has ...

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An Essay on How I Spent My Summer Vacation Bookmark and Share

An Essay on How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Today marks the first day of school and the official end to what I had dubbed the mother-daughter summer of fun. After nearly three months of staying up late, sleeping in and pretty much setting our own schedule, we must return to routine.

By the end of summer, we parents are ready for school to begin. Busy as the school year is, its rhythm soothes us. I’m ready for the new routine—ready to have time alone again during the day, ready to start building my business, ready to not be my daughter’s primary source of entertainment. Yet ...

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What Does Happily Ever After Really Mean? Bookmark and Share

What Does Happily Ever After Really Mean?

This week my parents celebrated 42 years of marriage. In a Facebook, my mother pondered if anyone truly understands the promises they are making when they get married. Her conclusion was that they don’t. Anyone who’s been married a decent length of time would probably agree—I know I do.

I’m glad my parents didn’t have a clue when they said their vows because they may not have followed through. My childhood wasn’t exactly spent basking in the warmth of their happy marriage. My parents wed at ages 19 and 21. They had me a ...

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Could Books Be the Fountain of Youth? Bookmark and Share

Could Books Be the Fountain of Youth?

The morning DJs today gave an on-air quiz to determine whether you’ve hit middle-age. Based on this highly scientific survey, I learned that I am not quite there yet, which is exactly what I keep telling my husband. 

One of the questions stood out, however. It was “are you increasingly nostalgic?” Well, I’ve been nostalgic since I was born—seriously my 5-year-old self probably pined for the days when I was a younger and more carefree toddler.

 Yet, even my abnormally high nostalgia levels are on the uptick. I was blaming Facebook posts from people I knew in ...

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