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 build a bridge

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 one single word

the dash that is our life

Yesterday, I visited the cemetery where my dad was laid to rest in 1985.  I hadn't planned to stop there, but construction and a wrong turn after dropping my mom at the airport led me on an adventure through the city of Chicago, and then to the highway that passed his exit. I settled in … Continue reading the dash that is our life

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, the first steps, the first day of pre-school, start of kindergarten, first time at over night camp, on and on the goodbyes go. The very first … Continue reading homesick at home