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December 9, 2015
It wasn’t just about what he’d done the night before. It was about what I’ve been doing for the past 18 years.
November 13, 2015
I take my job as Mary’s godmother seriously. My first lesson for her: Every woman should have her own money. So I gave her a $100 bill to get her started.
September 17, 2015
I am well aware of what I will be losing when my youngest gets his driver’s license, and it feels bittersweet.
August 26, 2015
It is the summer before the summer before college for my soon-to-be senior. My kids are lined up like tennis balls at the base of a ball machine chute. Before I know it — WHOOSH! ….WHOOSH! They’ll be gone.
August 5, 2015
The kids were crying and hugging each other, declaring “Love you!” whenever one of them piled their belongings into a parent’s car or a New York City taxi to leave for home. Their heartbreak was palpable, their connection undeniable. I was watching this going on around me as I sat on the bench last weekend outside […]
July 28, 2015
The older child made a request: Please bring me my ukulele. And a coffee maker. And coffee. The ukulele, I could see. When one is spending the month at a precollege program, sleeping in the dorms and sitting in class all day, a young man needs his ukulele. Of course. But the coffee maker? In […]
July 14, 2015
But I thought that the visit interrupted the natural flow of their scarce time away from home, when kids discover who they are when they’re not with their parents.