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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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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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Night shift

Driving past highway construction last night, had a heated conversation with the younger boys about jobs that sometimes require working when other people are sleeping. Nope, shouldn’t be necessary, says the 5yo. “What about doctors and nurses in hospitals?” I … Continue reading

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The sports pacifist’s lament

The 5yo on Kindergarten soccer. “Everyone says to be aggressive,” he complains. “But it would be a lot easier if the other guy just walked away from the ball.”  

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Beautiful Little Nonsense #10

Halloween Morning Costumed kids climb the school bus uncertainly, searching eyes to see if they’re made of as much awesome as they think they are.

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The Rabbit In The Soccer Net

  The other day my six-year-old ran in the house screaming: “A RABBIT IS STUCK IN THE SOCCER NET!” When I went outside the poor thing was writhing frantic, the webbing wrapped double around its neck. The line was so … Continue reading

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Paddling Blind

Last week the yoga class I take from time to time decided to meet on the water. “We’ll visit the swans,” said the instructor Erin as she directed three of us into kayaks. Then she climbed into her own — … Continue reading

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Beautiful Little Nonsense #2

A little “Who’s on First” with the 4yo and 6yo after their dentist appointment. The 6yo: “Did they ask you if you like mint?”The 4yo: “I like mint.”The 6yo: “That’s not what I asked. I asked you if THEY asked … Continue reading

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Own Your Opinions, Kids

One of my children told me recently that he couldn’t ever be a reviewer — of books, art, restaurants, or a sports columnist — because he didn’t want to hurt people’s feelings. (Never mind that just a few weeks before, … Continue reading

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