This Is What 12 Smells Like

  Yesterday I was sitting at my kitchen table looking at my laptop when my 12yo son came in from playing outside and I was reminded, not for the first time, of the miracle surrounding puberty. It stinks. He’d come home from school earlier without much to do. There were no games or practices toRead more…

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How many licks to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

My oldest just graduated from a giant state university located in the South so you know what that means, right? It’s time to make hotel reservations for his sister’s graduation for next year. Exactly. How’d you guess? She goes to the same school, which was convenient for her brother’s graduation this year because the kidsRead more…

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Lost

My friend and I trundled into the back of the pickup truck this morning and when the driver closed the door behind us, she turned to me and said, “Well, say good-bye to your life.” And we started laughing like crazy. “I almost made it to 50,” she snorted and then we tried to pullRead more…

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My Prom Date

In the middle of one day last week I was busy working on my laptop when my phone dinged with a text from an unknown number asking how many retweets it would take for me to go to prom. Since I don’t get asked to prom every day, I texted my 17yo daughter to see ifRead more…

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How I Learned to Shovel Snow

I’ve spent most of my life being capable. Adaptable. Resilient. I’ve never really been one of those damsel-in-distress-types. But sometimes, I’d really like to slip into that role. I’d really like some Dudley Do-Right to come galloping to my rescue and, like, fix my running toilet or figure out how to move my router. ButRead more…

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