Parents

Out and about at lunch today with one of my associates, she asked me if I miss my parents. Second anniversary of her father's death is Saturday and she is already feeling the oppressive sadness processing her ongoing grief. At work, in most of my face-to-face life, I rarely think about much less mention my…

Courage, strength, being a “real” mom

I have mentioned my young friend more than once on this blog. She's an absolute jewel. The past couple of months she has been working hard in training for and is now at her job as customer service rep, got her drivers' license, and purchased a hideous looking but mechanically sound vehicle (1994 Honda Civic). Last weekend she…

One event changes the balance of your life

In 1996, official records record this date as B's official date of death. In the 19 years that have passed since that day, "March madness" has a deeply personal connotation to us that has nothing to do with basketball. There are few days of note on my calendar anymore. Primarily the kids' and a few…

Our responsibilities as parents

I spent the weekend being a couch slug with general malaise and still not feeling 100%. Allergies? Illness? At this point I am not sure, but I know that there has been way too much cough and cold illness exposure. Mostly I had zero energy and needed more sleep. This morning I was trying to catch…