Category Archives: children

first world beach problems


While enjoying the beach during your summer family vacay, your son finally took off his Mom’s voice-cancelling headphones.  After awhile he shook his head, gave off a grin and proclaimed: “First world beach problems.” “What?” you reply, as usual. “Just … Continue reading

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I Can Tell That a Boy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore


Your daughter just flew in from DC and opened the fridge. You were out of town, and she had an unexpected layover in her old hometown.  Since you cleared out for the weekend, you cleaned out the fridge (never a … Continue reading

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Empty Nesterhood


It’s a Beautiful Day in the Empty Nesterhood. You watch out your bay window as the last Lexus and long jag cruises past and your neighborhood empties out to go to the office, lake, beach and mountains.  Having the morning off, … Continue reading

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Text to College Student: How Do You Turn on the TV?


Text to College Freshman: We miss you so much!  And, btw, how do you turn on the TV? Not that you haven’t been practising.  You have been practising turning on the TV for several years, knowing this was coming.  Whenever … Continue reading

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Halloween Already?


This morning one of those “Spirit Halloween” trucks barreled past you in order to get to the strip mall and set up shop.  The “Spirit” chain has been around for some years now;  you still wonder what those folks do … Continue reading

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The Last, First Day of School


As back to school time begins for everyone, you remember so well, your last, first day of school, in the fall of 2009.  You took a picture of your handsome son standing beside his car, ready to drive off to high … Continue reading

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Today, Instead of Helicoptering, You Promise to…


Instead of helicoptering, today you will: 1. Call Mama instead.   “Honey?” she says.  “Where are you? It sounds like you’re in the middle of a rainforest.”  (Note to self:  get out of the car wash first, so you can … Continue reading

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