It’s Almost Time For Us To Downsize And It Makes Me Sad

My husband has no such attachment to the stake we claimed in this Jersey town 14 years ago. Now he throws around the “D” word— downsize—like it’s not a matter of if, but when. And I worry that our children will miss out by not having this home to return to, even long after they’ve … Continue reading It’s Almost Time For Us To Downsize And It Makes Me Sad

When She’s Almost Seventeen

When she’s almost seventeen she’ll come downstairs in her pajamas, hair in a messy bun, fresh pillow marks on her cheek, and you’ll swear you’ve never beheld a more dazzling creature in your entire life. When she’s almost seventeen she’ll want to share her love for reptiles with others, because she’s finally realized when you … Continue reading When She’s Almost Seventeen

My Son Is In College And I’m Learning The Most Important Grades Of His Life Were On His Kindergarten Report Card

We just dropped our son off at college, and on the long car ride home it occurred to me that he’s beginning his sophomore year, and I have no idea how his first year went. I do know he adjusted well to his new environment hundreds of miles away from home. He made some good … Continue reading My Son Is In College And I’m Learning The Most Important Grades Of His Life Were On His Kindergarten Report Card

Sending Off A College Sophomore: It’s A Whole Different Ball Game

I’m experiencing an unsettling sort of calm. Could it be the calm before the storm? I mean, this time last year I was a frenzy of anxious activity. Lists of things to purchase were scrawled on a rainbow hue of sticky notes that covered every surface of my kitchen. A teetering pile of plastic IKEA bags … Continue reading Sending Off A College Sophomore: It’s A Whole Different Ball Game

I Bought My Son A Waffle Maker…And Now I Hope He’ll Never Leave Me

I bought my son a waffle maker. It dawned on me that whenever we stay in hotels my son always looks forward to the breakfast buffet. He happily fills his plate with heaping portions of eggs, potatoes, fruit and pastries. He relishes going back for seconds and even thirds. But he especially loves making his … Continue reading I Bought My Son A Waffle Maker…And Now I Hope He’ll Never Leave Me