Category: Motherhood

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The Curse of the Mom-Guilt

It hit me like a train, the minute I became a mother. The guilt. I’d been in labor for 24 hours, I’d pushed for two hours until her big head came out of a...

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I’m a Daughter, Too

My mom and I headed to St. Louis for the weekend.  My aunt was getting ready to move to Chicago to be closer to her daughter and we went to  help organize, throw away, and pack....

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Dear School-Mom Friends

Dear New Friends, We were dumped together, by chance, by fate herself.  Our kids are in the same school, bound together for the next 6, 9, 13 years of their lives.  And so, as a...

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It’s a Hard Knock Life

Throughout my youth I was obsessed with the musical Annie.  I relentlessly played out scenes from the movie in our basement: an orphaned child running away, woefully scrubbing the stairs whilst singing “It’s a Hard...

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Slipping Through My Fingers

Watching Them Grow With graduations, Pre-K to Doctorates, this is a timely piece in May. You know the Abba song, Slipping Through My Fingers?  (Or, if you’re like me…Meryl Streep’s song from Mama Mia).  At...

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I Want to Just Sit in the Silence

It’s bedtime. It’s up the stairs, you go, use-your-feet-please. A little faster maybe? It’s brush you teeth, With your own toothbrush. It’s please pee. It’s put on your PJs. It’s take your clothes off...

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My Most Important Job

I want my kids to be loved, to be safe, to not be jerks.  I want my kids to go to college,  to find a passion, to create a family if they want. But my...

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A Lesson From Babes

We’d added another child to our family, a sweet rollie pollie little ball named Cecilia Lorraine–Ceci. I remember sitting, my mind full of the responsibilities of a mother, teacher, student, and wife. And I’m...