The Tug of a Child

We are snorkeling off the coast of Hawaii (yeah, life is good), searching out coral, the magnets of the sea for shimmering fishees.

Every once in a while I feel a tug on my flipper and look back to see my daughter, pulling herself up my leg and torso. She holds a fistful of my sui… Read more...

Lullaby

I sang a song for my daughter while she laid in her crib. It’s a sweet song about all kinds of people asking the listener to stop making fun of them. I really got into it and was bellowing out the chorus – “Don’t laugh at meeeeeeeeee…”

She start… Read more...

My Red Nikes

I have a pair of red Nikes that make me happy whenever I wear them. They’re classics, They’re perfect, but it’s not their appearance that makes me so happy. Not the comfort either, and they’re damn comfortable.

I was visiting my brother in LA, just me this … Read more...

Kidsized Thoughts

I got to be small for 5 hours between San Francisco and D.C…

Sitting in a plane by the bathroom allows you to experience the world as a child sees it.

There is a continuous line of towering adults standing just inches from you, not paying attention to you, talking above you i… Read more...

Doorknob Comments

(1 min read)

Ever notice when talking to someone the most important things come out right when you’re starting to leave, often right when one of you has your hand on the doorknob.

“Oh, I almost forgot… One last thing…”

It’s as if the mind, when p… Read more...

Nice Things

(2 min read)

Within a few minutes of my daughters being back together in the same space after 2 weeks apart, every room in the house has earned a bit of dishevelment: the drapes awry, a scrunchie discarded on the floor, a lollipop licked once and left exposed on the bureau, the r… Read more...

Staying Home with Hazel

(2 min read)

These past 2 weeks have been totally different. Molly’s out traveling through the jungles of Japan with Evaline, our oldest, and I’ve been single-parenting Hazel, our youngest. I stayed home so that Molly and Evs could travel without a clock, without havi… Read more...

The Power We Have

(2.5 min read)

Our local Safeway lines are the worst. Doesn’t matter how busy the store is, you will always have to wait.

My daughter and I were playing that game where you guess which line will go more quickly. She stood in one and I stood in the other. She started winning.… Read more...

So Many Todays

(1 min read)

I was trying to explain a calendar to my 3-year old who keeps asking when her momma and sissy are coming home from Japan.

I drew out rows of smiley faces – seven across and four down.

“See,” I pointed with my finger. “We count 1-2-3-4-5-6-7̷… Read more...