Tag Archives: daughters

The Day Embarrassment Gave Me Permission

  My children go back to school next week. It’s hard to believe summer break is coming to an end, but it’s always an exciting time in our house. The kids look forward to seeing their friends more often, to meeting new people and, most of all, to begining a relationship with a new teacher. Even Baby #4 is getting… Read more »

The Day We Had A Wedding

  It never fails. The 24-48 hours before a trip, I’m cranky. I make a list of what to pack, and I review it repeatedly. Jason and I discuss timelines, form strategies, and prepare what we can in advance. We reiterate with the kids what to expect and when to anticipate it. We categorize our packing into essential, preferred, and… Read more »

The Day I Fought the Heron

Yesterday, I received a big ole serving of humility, provided by a two-foot tall bird. My daughter came running down the stairs, shouting that a baby heron was sitting on the fence. As we are conditioned to do, my family sprang into action. We do not like the balance of our serene outdoor homestead to be disturbed by aquatic predators…. Read more »

The Day We Didn’t Have to Hug

  Most of my family roots are in Italy and Sicily. I belong to the same church that my great-grandparents did, and every summer we celebrate the feasts of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Santissimo Salvatore, and Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca in the streets. We believe in big, hearty meals served around a large table, family-style. All of our… Read more »

The Day I Stayed in the Middle

  I’ve been a stay-at-home-mom since becoming pregnant with Baby #2. A lot has happened over the years since resigning my paying job: a new house, a dog, breast cancer, 1.5 to 4 kids, and the normal daily chaos of life continuing its churn. Strangers like to tell me I “have my hands full” and that I’m “always keeping busy,”… Read more »

The Day I Went with Option B

  Sheryl Sandberg gave a commencement speech that has gone viral this week. Sandberg, she of Facebook and Lean In fame, didn’t talk to the Berkeley graduating class about finding inspiration and embracing successes. Instead, she told them that “In the face of any challenge, you can choose joy and meaning.” She took an insightful approach, and tasked herself with explaining the… Read more »

The Day We Had a Star Wars Party

Sometimes you have to admit things for what they are and, the truth is, I’m not crafty. I could tell you it’s because I’m a busy mom of four. I could say it’s because of the impact cancer has had on my health. I could also plead that I’m putting a great deal of energy into this part-time writing gig,… Read more »

The Day Reproduction Retired

  Giving birth was a different experience with each of my children. With Baby #1, I was under general anesthesia for an emergency c-section at 35 weeks because of placenta previa. I remember laying in the operating room on my back, thinking about how uncomfortable I was, and then, an instant later, waking up in recovery with a flat stomach…. Read more »

The Day I Defined Adulting

  Over the past month, social media has been abuzz with talk of the Buddy Bench, a designated seat near a school’s recess area where kids can go if they feel they need a friend. When other children see one of their peers sitting on the bench, they can invite that person to play, or engage him/her in conversation. This concept’s… Read more »

The Day I Had Jokes

amy   April 7, 2016   2 Comments on The Day I Had Jokes

My children have never bought lunch at school. For Baby #1, who has a strong history of selectiveness when it comes to food, this is for the simplest of reasons: to make sure she eats. This is a girl that, during toddlerhood, would only eat a vegetable if it was steamed sweet potatoes, doused in cinnamon, and mashed until smooth…. Read more »