Driving your Parents

I stopped at a yellow light. In most states, you’re supposed to do that. Not in New Jersey. Ever. I held my breath as I watched the truck behind me screech to a halt. My father watched too. He wasn’t going to say anything, but when I mentioned my mistake...

O Tannenbaum

Poor Christmas tree. Thy branches are bald. Thy needles carpet our floor. It was sad to heave you out the door. But at least you didn’t shed manure. That was a nice improvement. Growing Christmas trees was supposed to be a fun tradition, like a big Hallmark...

The day we stopped playing with boxes

My kids don’t play with boxes anymore. I’m sad about it, but I know they aren’t. I knew it would happen someday, but why at the beginning of summer? When they were little, nothing beat a good big box. Unfortunately, I learned the days of boxes are...
We’ve got Company

We’ve got Company

Well there goes another morning wasted. Today’s excuse/reason was the Wonder of Nature. We have squirrels living in our gutter. I feel so blessed. They chose us over 32 acres of trees and pasture for their home. Every morning at 6 for the past week, we heard them...

Fun with Passwords

“Mom, what is my password?” “You already forgot it?” Practical people would have a simple answer to this question.  So would the parenting books.  But in my world, nothing is simple or practical. I felt kind of empathetic about the situation because passwords drive me...