A Wish for my Son, Who May or May Not Have a Girlfriend

Dear Son, I’ve watched you grow up right before my eyes this summer. In your confidence, in your readiness to face change, in your willingness to tackle whatever comes your way. All summer I listened as the screen door slammed behind you, as you went out on your own to explore the same neighborhood I explored…

Oh, Boy!

20 Surprising Things About Having Boys 1. You will know and respect the difference between a backhoe and a front loader.  2. You will start to think “Mom” tattoos aren’t so bad after all. 3. You will compare them to animals as in, “I need to take them outside and run them like dogs.” 4….

Sticks and Stones

Dear Boys, For some inexplicable reason I still can’t fathom, when I was in high school the term du jour for a pretty girl was muffin. At the top of this confectionary food chain, reserved for the prettiest of the pretty, the cheerleadiest of the cheerleaders, was blueberry muffin. Even more inexplicable than the baked good…

There’s a Girl in our Midst

I live in a house overflowing with Lego and Nerf. Star Wars plays a central and recurring theme. In a corner of one room there is a box used solely to store toy weapons. There are Thor action figures and Wimpy Kid books strewn about and more types of construction vehicle than I knew existed ten…