The Kids

David is Home

For those of you who have been following baby David’s story, I wanted to let you know that he is home with his parents and siblings. I saw him yesterday, and he looked very well, all things considered. His mom says that although he still has many future surgeries, he’s healing much better now that he’s back with his family again. He shows a great deal of strength and determination. […]

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Beezus and Ramona

I loved Beverly Cleary when I was a kid. So I was thrilled when The Boy finally started reading her books. Until a few weeks ago… Him: At school we’re reading about Ramona and Bee-ZEUS! Me: Ramona and who? Him: Bee-ZEUS, her big sister. Me: Her name is BEE-zus. Him: No it’s not. It’s Bee-ZEUS. Me: Buddy, you’re thinking of the wrong god. Her name rhymes with “Jesus.” Him: Everyone […]

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Centering

“Mama, what are Us Centers?” The Girl is tugging at my pants insistently, breaking my concentration. We are standing in the Family Center of our church, where her big brother is preparing to join his Wednesday night CCD class. We are praying the Hail Mary as a group, and now is neither the time for conversation nor for puzzling out what she’s talking about. I shake my head, silently indicating […]

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Prayer Request

I learned today of the terrible news that the infant sibling of twin classmates of my little girl sustained serious burns over the weekend when he pulled over a boiling pot of water. The little guy burned over 30 percent of his body, including his face. He’s only 10 months old. His mother and I volunteer together at “library time,” and she is a lovely person. I am heartbroken for […]

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Miracle

What a hockey game this afternoon — with 24 seconds left in the game, the U.S. scored the tying goal to take Canada to overtime, then Canadian wunderkind Sidney Crosby, 2010’s answer to Wayne Gretzky, dramatically scored in sudden death to send people pouring into the streets of Vancouver. I’m about as jingoistic as they come, but I couldn’t help feeling happy for America’s Hat.* They played a hell of […]

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Friday Afternoon Blues

It has not yet been recorded that any human being has gained a very large or permanent contentment from meditation upon the fact that he is better off than others. Main Street, a 1920 bestselling novel by Sinclair Lewis* that I finished this week, includes several of these little bon mots, but this particular line leaps to mind today. I know people with bigger troubles, but that’s not taking my […]

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Le King has left Le Building

Monday was Presidents Day, a day when we celebrate the February birthdays of a couple of former Leaders of the Free World by shopping and staying home from school or work. Presidential Quiz: Who was our 16th president? He is called The Great Emancipator. He came from Springfield, Illinois. He was born in a log cabin, where he wore a stovepipe hat and didn’t tell a lie. Or something like […]

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Happy Vallitimes Day!

That’s what my five-year-old baby angel wrote on her card for Mama. The kids had their Valentine’s Day parties on Thursday at school. My very talented sister put together beautiful Valentine treats for them to hand out to their friends. For the last couple of years she’s made very lovely, time-consuming, and probably expensive treats for the kids at no cost or effort to me, which has been pretty terrific. […]

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The Science Fair

This year for the first time I let The Boy participate in the school science fair. I never did it before because science fairs for little kids are a lot of work for their parents, and I wasn’t sure he’d get anything out of it anyway. Now that he’s in second grade I thought we’d give it a whirl. I wanted to do a cooking experiment, and The Boy was […]

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I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

My Kindergartener woke me up (early) this morning with presents she had made and wrapped for me. One was an empty toilet paper roll (“Look–I wrote, ‘I love you, mom’ on it!”) and the other two were folded pieces of paper wrapped inside other folded pieces of paper and carefully, thoroughly taped. Here’s one note: “Aw,” I said. “‘I love you, Mom, love, me.’ That’s nice!” She looked miffed. “How […]

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