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Locker room talk when you’re 7, 9, and 11

Overheard from the hall outside the younger boys’ bedroom after lights-out: “Did you know that every 20 minutes a new batch of boogers grows in your nose? True story.”

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Birds and bees

This morning I was carpooling my 8yo and his friend, whose mom is expecting a baby. Me, to the friend: “So, do you think you’re getting a brother or a sister?” My 8yo: “You should ask your parents for a … Continue reading

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Cocky blooms

              Second grade poetry. “Pink peonysleeping in thelight blooming in thegarden like a showoff.”

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Snapshot of a morning

The 6yo hops into my room in a tote bag, sack-race style, a beanbag chair strapped to his back. Me: “What are you doing?” Him, deadpan: “Living wild.” A minute later the 8yo comes in, not wanting to go to … Continue reading

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Restoration & Sickness

Between writing projects I’m refinishing the medicine cabinet in our new house’s bathroom (rather than revising the novel). All the toiletries are in bins on the floor: Bacitracin and Benadryl, Ibuprofens and Robitussins. The 6yo surveys the layout and exhales, … Continue reading

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People in our situation

The banker is talking to my husband on the phone about drawing up the deed for our new house, considering the ways she might go about listing us as joint owners.   Her: “There are several options for people in … Continue reading

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Being six

Took the six-year-old to the doctor yesterday. All the older siblings were at home so he took center stage, chattering and wisecracking through the whole visit. Afterward I suggested that maybe he could have toned it down. Him: “But he … Continue reading

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Front seat privileges

      When you weigh more than four of the seven humans, you get front seat privileges.

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Beautiful Little Nonsense #13

The 5yo’s lament upon the changing of the computer password. “Why can’t things stay the same?!”

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Beautiful Little Nonsense #12

The 7yo is miffed that I have a home office and he doesn’t. “YOURS HAS ALL THESE WINDOWS” — wildly flailing arms — “AND WOULD BE PERFECT FOR ME.” So he commandeers a closet and puts the antique chair-desk in … Continue reading

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