A Hazy Shade Of Winter

I think that the maximum attention span anyone on earth has for snow based activities is one day. One solid day of fun in the snow, and then your clothes are wet and cold and you’re wet and cold and it’s misery. Fortunately, that’s about all we ever get so my kids never realize that…

Snow In South Town…Snowpocalypse 2.0

There was a prediction of snow that no one took terribly seriously. My husband went to the store to get the requisite French toast supplies and a few other things. He reported back that no one was at WalMart. I knew then – it was about to be on. Mother Nature didn’t disappoint. Midway during…

Like Jedi With Cookies

I was a Girl Scout from back in the day. I’m an Old Girl Scout and we’re a salty crew, we Old Girl Scouts. That’s probably why I love being a Girl Scout Leader so much, because I have the opportunity to make more Girl Scouts who will some day be salty Old Girl Scouts….

The Pressures of Parenthood

When I was a kid my parents not only belonged to the PTA, they were each president of the PTA in different years at different schools. My mom didn’t work so she was a “room mother” which meant she was responsible for bringing treats to school for holidays and helping decorate and officiate school parties. 

The Demise of Sugar Cream Pie

I obsess over sugar cream pie every single year at Thanksgiving time. I think it’s tiresome to my household, because no one but me really likes it. Since I moved away from Indiana, however, I can’t get the stuff. I looked backward on this written history of my pie making and it looks like that…

Closed Doors and Magical Darkness

Once upon a time, when I wasn’t 15 years into this parenting game, I read every parenting magazine I could get my hands on. I read the how-tos, I read the what not to dos. I read this and that and the other thing also. I absorbed all the best practices of child rearing and…

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…