Archive for May 2010

Mysterious Ways

I apologize for being so erratic in posting this month. I haven’t felt like I have much to say. Mostly because I haven’t been doing my brain exercises. I’m reading a lot of novels. School is wrapping up, and I’ve been finalizing summer plans. I like to have plans. Sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t. Take for example, our anniversary plan. The Big M knows I love U2, […]

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All of the Children are Above Average

I checked out some books on tape from the library to try out the concept of listening to family-friendly stories in the car while on road trips. Garrison Keillor told a story of an elderly couple in Lake Wobegon whose arguments over spending money to travel followed a specific form. The argument would leave them satisfied at the end, like playing a Chopin etude. “Why is that funny?” my son […]

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It’s a Round-Letter Day

Friday morning I made my bleary-eyed zombie walk to the living room to hustle the kids into the car for school. My little Kindergartener was still wearing her p.j.’s, but with a skirt on top. “Baby, why aren’t you dressed?” “Mo-o-om! It’s “O” Day. You know? Crazy Outfit Day?” As the days of school count down, her Kindergarten class is counting down with the alphabet. Each day they do something […]

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Our Avatars

I like writing down conversations we have in our little family, but I’m getting bored with calling my kids “The Boy” and “The Girl.” I could call them Jacob and Emily* but I thought it’d be more fun to create avatars for all of us. You’ve already seen mine: Now here’s The Boy: And The Girl: And of course, The Big M: I have this fantasy that I can recreate […]

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The Solution

Here’s the ad copy: JANE: I simply can’t stay late tonight to retype those letters, Boss! I’ve got to hurry right over to the Blood Bank to donate blood! BOSS: I know, I know. But look at these carbon copies! Fuzzier than an English sheep dog’s eyebrows! JANE: Well, don’t pin that on me! If you’d buy the right kind of carbon paper, that wouldn’t happen! Like this Roytype Park […]

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After the War is Over

I’ve been looking through old magazines again. The war was winding down by the time this one came out. No battle scenes graced the cover, just kids learning to sail. It’s full of hopeful ads. Oh, what a beautiful kitchen we’ll have! I can plan it all myself between chores! Won’t Mother be amazed? Note the fine print: We’re still in war production! But after the war you can have […]

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