Entries Tagged as 'siblings'

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Freezing Time

“I’m freezing,” she said today as she stepped out of the too small plastic pool. Me too. I’m freezing time. I’m freezing the moments of laughter, when the games they play amuse them to degrees that cause such hilarity they can hardly contain themselves. I’m freezing the words that come out wrong but so much [...]

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013


I was sitting on the chair, holding Miles by my side as he flipped through pages of books and watched the activity around him. It was quiet. And he was close to me. We weren’t talking. I wasn’t reading to him. But I could feel the puff of his baby soft hands and hear the [...]

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Maybe Charlotte’s Web Is Really A Parenting Book In Disguise?

As I wrote last week, for the next few Sundays I will be taking pieces of what I wrote in Nora and my reading journal and turning them into longer essays. This is the second one. If you’ve ever been on a walk with a toddler, you know that moving fast is just about impossible; [...]

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Time For Two

I took Miles to the grocery store this afternoon. Just he and I walking up and down the aisles, gathering fruit and milk and bread and diapers. And talking. We counted apples as we put them into the bag. We named off different food items as we passed by them on the shelves. Miles provided [...]

Monday, February 18th, 2013


I spy on her. I look closely, searching for reminders that the newborn she once was resides somewhere just beneath the surface of her quickly growing body. She has taken me by surprise lately, growing so quickly that I can hardly keep up. One moment I can see the layers – her as a baby, [...]

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Second Time Around

Miles sat almost perfectly still for the first 36 minutes of the show, before the lights came back on and he suddenly realized he hadn’t really been transported to the inside of a television set. For the second part, the last 36 minutes, he alternated between eating his snack, shouting out the names of the [...]

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Dear Santa: We Were Good

We don’t elf on the shelf here at our house. Nora talked this year about all of her friends having elves, about how they went and told Santa all that they had seen during the day. But I just nodded my head and agreed that having an elf all your own must be fun. I’m [...]

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Dollar Bin Happiness

When it was clear that Ken was really sick yesterday, I did what any parent staring down the long road until bedtime would do. I took my kids to Target. By 3, black Friday was over (we will soon have to call it “Black middle of the night after Thanksgiving) and Target was just pretty [...]

Monday, November 5th, 2012


Nora crouched on the floor of her brother’s room, wrapped in a towel and covered in grass from running full gusto through the back yard sprinkler. She was crying, real tears this time, crying and looking at me and I was stunned because it had come out of nowhere. Or so I thought. “What’s the [...]

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Something Good

My friend, pregnant with her second, tells me that no one ever tells her anything good about having two kids. So here is something good. ******** There’s a fence on the playground at school. It separates the Bears and the Butterflies, Nora and Miles. In the afternoons, apparently, she watches him through the fence, calls [...]

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