Category Archives: My girls

To Make a Mother Weep

In the kitchen before dawn, my pre-teen daughter makes two potato chip and maple syrup sandwiches on artisanal — $5.99 a loaf — sourdough. “My favorite!” she grins.   Who knew? Her plan is to watch the sunrise from our … Continue reading

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An Embarrassment to my Daughter

So the other day I’m driving the girls around from here to there, and we’re listening to a song we all like. I’m waving my arms and bouncing to the music. Madam B pipes up and says, “That’s why I … Continue reading

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Pictures of my Heart

There are pictures of hearts all over my house, delightful spontaneous outpourings from the girls’ arts explorations. Lopsided heart shapes, scraggly letters staggering along proclaiming love — each one is priceless. Plenty of them — sigh of relief — are … Continue reading

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Introducing My Girls to One Billion Rising

Yesterday, B’s class went to our local event of One Billion Rising, the worldwide gathering to protest violence against women. B was all about the flashmob dancing and the fun of being in a crowd, but some of the substance sunk … Continue reading

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Glowing with Girly Possibilities

Sitting on L’s bed last night, rubbing her shoulders, I got to take her in like breath. Long hair in a loose braid, strands falling out at every twist, little flower earrings, multiple bracelets around her wrist along with a … Continue reading

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Menarche and Menopause

This week, I’ve got a post over at the “Around the Bonfire” series at Gigi Ross’s kludgymom.com. Check it out and while you’re there, take a look around kludgymom as well. Gigi writes beautifully about parenting, while also guiding bloggers to success. … Continue reading

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Important notice to my daughters, cc God

Dear girls (please take note, Great Being): Effective immediately, this is what I want: I want you two to do exactly what I tell you at all times. This is because I have carefully, painstakingly thought out the parenting of … Continue reading

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Trusting That I Can, Day 16: The donkeys

Recently, I took B and a friend for a walk up to see our neighborhood donkeys. The girls and I started these walks almost 12 years ago, with me pushing them in strollers. Technically,  we visit mules, but we’ve always called them … Continue reading

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Trusting That I Can, Day 9: Except when it comes to the kids

Last night I lay awake for hours worrying about the girls. The actual problems on hand didn’t wake me up, but it was one of those middle-aged woman nights.  Once I was awake, that was it for several hours, not … Continue reading

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Now she’s 11…

My tiny child with the round face and little straight bob with bangs just turned 11. Living with her in recent weeks has been as if her spirit suddenly decided to plug into the pre-teen ethernet that winds itself at … Continue reading

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