Heart Squeeze

Lined up there, those clay pots weren’t but a breath from each other. Each one its own miniature riot of color: white, pink, red. Practically vibrating with exuberance, in that late afternoon summer light caught somewhere between the ripest lemon and the tartest lime that squeezes my heart leaving just the echo of an ache.... Continue Reading →

I Love You More Than Littlest Pet Shop

Jane is an easy child to parent. There. I said it. By nature, she is kind, warm, independent, curious, and fun. We exchange I love yous like trading cards—each one more fantastic than the last. “I love you more than peanut butter.” “Well, I love you more than my new Shopkins backpack.” (that is SO... Continue Reading →

Saying Yes to Sloth Backpacks (& dreams)

On July 1, I embarked on my biggest writing adventure yet: a novel. I've wanted to write a novel since I was 8 or 9 years old. This obsession coincided with my newfound love of Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew was my hero: independent, smart, determined. I wanted to write something like that--something that would make... Continue Reading →

Back Together Again

Breaking up and getting back together—all within a 48-hour span—well, it’s not for the faint of heart. When Simon & I woke up the next morning, it was like being on an incredibly awkward first date. In my pajamas. With someone I’d known for over a decade. I had no idea what to do or... Continue Reading →

Kindergarten Pandas

Simon & I spent a lot of time planning our family. It took us 2 years to get pregnant, so we had lots of time to choose baby names, to debate how we'd handle hypothetical disciplinary scenarios, to make crazy proclamations like "She'll never wear pink or play with princesses!" But all that time, I... Continue Reading →

Resilience

“We are going to move away from the only home you’ve ever really known,” we said. “Okay,” she said. “We know that you’re leaving behind friends and family. It’s okay to miss them, and its okay to cry.” “But I will get to live in the same place as my best friends. And their moms.... Continue Reading →

You Don’t Like the Buzzer?

When I signed Jane up to play basketball this winter, I had no idea how much I'd learn. And my learning had little to do with the game itself and much more to do with resilience and joy and kicking perfectionism in the ass. Our family belongs to the YMCA. Consequently, at the tender age... Continue Reading →

Expect … Nothing

We stood, shuffling about in line, waiting for our first ride on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. I’d been anticipating this ride the entire trip. The wait time had never been under 80 minutes. But, since it rained that morning, the park was emptier than usual. Which meant only a 40-minute wait time. 40 minutes... Continue Reading →

I Am The Luckiest

When my partner & I set about to have a child, I assumed the process would take about 9 months—in total. We knew from the start that there would be other people involved in the process; I had a pretty good understanding of biology, enough at least to know that two girls couldn’t have a... Continue Reading →

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