find their way

Just turn on the power and everything is all set, she told me. You don’t need to change a thing - I have it on the correct setting and volume, she told me. If it’s not turned on, she said, he won't sleep and will be distracted by the children playing outside. I was babysitting... Continue Reading →

joy unspeakable joy

She gave me a wry grin and shook her head. "Is that getting old?" I asked. "Yes," she said, but her laughter told me she (sorta) liked my little comedy routine. Now that my daughter and husband (and most of us) are doing school and work at home, I say, "Drive safe!" and "See you... Continue Reading →

we’ve gotcha

The stout and stern, dark-haired judge scared the living heck out of us. She fired one question after another and the sweat beaded on Craig's head. The kind translator had warned us ahead of time not to look at herself, but to look only at the judge, when it was time for the translator to... Continue Reading →

revelations from a road trip

"Did you leave yet?" I frantically asked. "Please don't go, we've been robbed!" The minute we saw that our window had been smashed and our car broken into, I called our son, who was in another vehicle with our daughter, his wife and mother and father in-law, leaving from the same parking lot. It was... Continue Reading →

ineffable

My worst fear had been realized. When I heard his feet hit the floor and his bedroom door open, I knew I didn’t have time to move or hide. I was caught. "Hey!" he said. "What are you doing?" "I'm just looking for something I dropped earlier," I whispered (and lied). He was practically sleep-walking... Continue Reading →

build a bridge

Trying to wing the toast at my son’s wedding last May was a horrible idea. Once I had the microphone and looked out at that historic, lakefront ballroom full of cherished family and friends, I felt an uncomfortable lump forming in my throat. When I turned to address the bride and groom, the swelling mysteriously... Continue Reading →

one single word

What was going on? Yes, they lost the game and I knew he was extremely disappointed, but this sophomore in high school and quarterback of the football team was not one to cry in public. I was working the concession stand, selling snacks and laughing with other parents and the abundance of those that always... Continue Reading →

a chain reaction

No sooner had the words come rushing out of my mouth that I saw a single, fat tear roll down her cheek.  My heart pounded as she looked at me with skeptical eyes. A few months ago, I had been in this same shoe store and noticed that the young woman working seemed very upset.... Continue Reading →

homesick at home

I once read that you start saying goodbye to your child the moment you give birth. Trusting another to watch them for an hour, the first time they crawl, their first steps, the first day of pre-school, start of kindergarten, first time sleeping away from home - on and on the goodbyes go. The initial... Continue Reading →

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