Adventure by the Mile

I laced up today but I still didn’t feel 100% like rollin’ it out, so I took my best run partner with me. She wants to run (probably because I do it) but she’s got the same issue I had at her age, she gets very bad knee and leg pain and leg cramps. It…

Words of My Mother

I very intentionally have always said things that Mom used to say as a way of putting her in my children’s mind. Since having children I never lived closer to her than 178 miles away – and as far as 967 miles. So I say “Grandma always says/said XXX” in lots of different situations on…

The Essence of Earrings

Many cultures have traditions around earrings, some are spiritual, some are rite of passage oriented. For me, getting my ears pierced was a compromise with my mother who disapproved of the entire business. It fell into the same category as red lipstick (cheap), garish nailpolish (cheap), and anything else that ladies of a certain breeding…

Trainspotting

Our autism support group SPECTRUM had it’s 20th anniversary party a week ago and we had a conflict. The oldest boy’s marching band was performing at the Atlanta HAWKS game downtown and his dad and sister were going. That would leave me and the twins to brave the world alone. We’ve done a lot of…

Orange Bread of Baking Past

I bake for lots of reasons, sometimes just to make something my mom used to make and think of her. Sometimes I want to feed it to other people and make them experience the wonder that is the thing my mom used to make. If they don’t like said thing, I subtract 10 points from…

Halloween Arrives

The pumpkin patch we go to up in north Georgia mountains is the same one we’ve gone too since the year we moved here. We haven’t missed it once, and I think the stars would fall from the sky if we didn’t go there. I don’t know why it’s so magical to me. It’s probably…

When They Talk

My Charlie is a little tiny boy in a great big boy’s body. He’s taller than me now, at 13, despite developmentally being maybe somewhere around 4. I forget what his last evaluation said. Honestly, it’s not something I like to dwell on. He’s the most intentional talker of the twins though. He rarely says…

They’re Just Things

I think every family has that story of the thing that someone did or got rid of and if only they hadn’t, the family would be rich. OR their financial woes would be less. We’ve got a handful in my family. There’s the city block in South Beach Miami that my grandmother owned. YES, that…

Everyone Needs an Uncle George

When I grew up, and my mother as well, we had this influence in our lives that went by the name of Uncle George. He was my maternal grandmother’s brother, a confirmed old bachelor as they said in the day. Uncle George had style, grace, and class. He was a hair stylist by trade and…

Immortal Beloved

My mom always said that your children are your immortality. Since she and Dad died two years ago I’ve seen bits and pieces of them in my kids and it’s made me smile. I like to think of them going forward in time, those little bits of them that eventually our descendants won’t even know…

Real Family Values

It’s a running joke both in my family and with some of my friends that everybody has a cousin Eddy. We all have that family member who is ridiculously embarrassing and annoying. They’re crass, uneducated, prone to do things that you wish to GOD they wouldn’t do in front of other people and best of…

I Am

I had this ridiculous day yesterday where I ran around doing lots of various silly things, mostly hell bent on celebrating my birthday via getting places to give me free stuff. Had I not wanted to go to work (not optional) nor see my family I could’ve done a LOT more but alas I wanted…