Thank You for NOT Being a Friend; an Open Letter to My Parents

Dear Mom and Dad, Thanks for saying ‘no’. Thanks for setting a curfew. At the time I thought it was ridiculous. Looking back? It seems pretty damn reasonable. Thanks for following through. Surrendering the keys to my car sucked…but you said it would happen if I did X. I did X. It would sound trite to…

The Other 1%

Nothing’s gonna happen, Mom. Don’t worry. It’s a constant refrain from my children, especially as they get older. They are most probably right. 99% of the time, they are probably right. But I’m a mother. I worry about the other 1%. It started early in pregnancy when I worried my son was epileptic. It turns out he…

Teaching My Kids To Fish

…give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.** Sometimes in the dead dark of night I worry. I worry about a lot of the same things most mothers worry about. Whether I’ve peeled enough carrot sticks for lunch. Whether I’ve remembered to sign the field trip permission form. Whether I’ve forgotten some major life event my kids will be traumatized by…