Somehow, I've returned to the emotional rollercoaster I rode when I was pregnant with my son twenty years ago. On the way home from work this week, I had myself in tears over our forthcoming "empty nest" status. Then, when I did get home, I had to blink back more tears because of the actual … Continue reading Our Impending Empty Nest
Graduation at my school happened last Friday evening. I sat next to a cooler on the track, sweat dripping, and gauged sold water bottles to all the unprepared poor souls who didn't bring any in with them. My Forensics kids scored with the unseasonably warm 90 degree weather as our water bottle sale was the last fundraising effort before … Continue reading What is it about Pomp and Circumstance?
My Daughter's "Trashless" Dream TreeDespite the fact that my fourteen year old daughter never stepped a foot out of the truck to participate in our annual tree hunt this year as it was “way too cold,” she still managed to give us quite a few instructions on the size and shape of the tree we … Continue reading Tree Trash
Today is Halloween, I will be heading off to teach high school English dressed like I normally do which, according to my teen age daughter, is boring. All of the high school students will also be dressed in their normal clothes: jeans (pulled up or down to varying degrees and with varying degrees of “fashionable” … Continue reading Tragedy – No More DIY Costumes at our House
Over the summer, I had the quilt that I normally keep in the trunk of my car, my denim bus blankie, in the house. When my son saw me folding it up to put back in my car, he asked me what I was doing. I told him I was putting it back in the … Continue reading My Man-Child has Cold Feet, Literally
I am leaving shortly to take my baby to the DMV to take his driver’s test. He will walk away with his first official ID, and the ability to take a vehicle, a large moving projectile, on the road all by himself without me stomping on the highly effective passenger side brake. I’m scared to … Continue reading I’m worried, and it sucks.
As a parent, I like to think that my kids will take my always insightful, wise, and relevant advice to heart when they're making any sort of decision for themselves. How could they not? I know the answer to that question because I am also a daughter who listened to my parents' insightful, wise, and … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned from my Dad