Archive of ‘truth’ category

Homesick

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There is a song my sister sings when I talk about how hard it is to live far from family. It goes, “Why-oh why-oh why-oh did I ever leave Ohio?” She claims this is a real song. I don’t know who sings it and don’t care to Google it, as I am certain knowing the […] Read more…

The three F’s of parenting a tantrum

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There are three phases of parenting a tantrum: Phase 1: Fix It. Initially, the tantrums drive you crazy. You do anything to make it stop. You try to make them laugh, you offer to buy them a $100 piece of plastic crap at Target, you agree to let them wander around the playground in just […] Read more…

With this ring …

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With huge tears rolling down my cheeks, I approached the woman at the hotel’s front desk for the last time. “If anyone finds it, please call me. I was on my hands and knees and looked everywhere … I just don’t know …” I held Eliza tightly and ran through the early morning Florida rain […] Read more…

Sweetness

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My mom used to tell me all the time that “God makes ‘em cute for a reason.” All little kids are sweet from time to time. Their tiny features and high-pitched voices make anything they say top the list of all-time cutest things in the world. For real. A kid could say something totally vulgar, […] Read more…

It just is.

Note: This was written after the Sandy Hook school shooting. Monster and I got home from a morning of activity on Friday to turn on the news to watch what it seemed everyone else in the world was watching. Like many of you, I couldn’t keep the tears from falling. I spent the rest of […] Read more…

Saving the Day

I don’t often do this, but I think it’s high time I gave myself a pat on the back: I single-handedly made Monster’s second birthday the best day of his life. Before I get ahead of myself, I should qualify that no, I didn’t do any of the planning, and yes, I did rely on […] Read more…

Growing up

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Oh, Monster. Last year, I wrote you a letter telling you how special you are to me and how much I have learned from you. Those things are still true, of course, if not multiplied by 50. While we have had many wonderful changes in our lives this year, we have also had some heartbreak, […] Read more…

Ugh. Puke.

It was with relief that I announced my pregnancy this week. After six grueling weeks of non-stop nausea and vomiting, I felt my world needed an explanation as to why I have been a zombie (for real, the fools in “The Walking Dead” have nothing on this girl). Several people have asked, “Are you excited?” […] Read more…

Decision 2012

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When I was in the eighth grade, my civics teacher did a terribly misguided exercise in which he asked the class to self-identify and divide ourselves into two groups: conservatives and liberals. As an eighth-grader, I had no idea what either term meant. I asked him where I should go, and he said, “You are undoubtedly […] Read more…

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