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Set Sail

Set Sail

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry   Sunshine has been tickling our skin and warming our hearts with a new longing to be … Continue reading

Gray Hairs and a Lesson on Beauty from My Son

When you have black hair, those first strands of gray hair are pretty obvious. They aren’t gray. They scream white. Yesterday, I found seven strands of white hair, stark and proud against the unforgiving backdrop of my straight black hair. Unfortunately, in my haste to pull out those seven white strands, I inadvertently sacrificed 4 … Continue reading

The Unsung Hero:  Happy Father’s Day

The Unsung Hero: Happy Father’s Day

Smartypants is the backbone of our family. He’s the strong one.  Steadfast.  Unfazed.  Calm.  Logical. Annoyingly so, when sometimes I wish I could just drag him down into my irrational and tangled mess of emotions and doubts. But I need him to be just as he is.  We are right together — as husband and wife, as parents, and … Continue reading

You Are More Important Than Stickers

Momo is kind of like an octopus.  He has just two arms, but I promise it somehow multiplies into eight.  Eight very curious little tentacles that blindly grab at any object he spies from the corner of his eyes.  I don’t so much mind dealing with eight curious tentacles.  But since he’s big brother, Tigerlily … Continue reading

Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light

Toddlers are a fascinating bunch.  They have incredibly strong opinions.  Their hearts are like volcanoes that erupt with fiery emotion at any given time.  They fixate on random details or ideas.  They stick by their no even when they intend to mean yes.  And despite all these manifestations of growing independence, they still desperately crave the safety of a warm hug … Continue reading

The Glare

The Glare

Momo is only 3 years old.  I am thirty….something. You would think I’d be the more mature one. But instead, I have begun to glare at him.  When I have lost my patience.  When we are at an impasse.  When he is being a normal 3 year old boy who just doesn’t get my thirty-something year … Continue reading

How Do You Do it?

I am exhausted.  Perpetually, flat out exhausted. When I look around at all the people I know with multiple children, health issues, financial hardship, demanding jobs, single parenthood, or other challenges, I am always plagued by this one question:  How do they do it? Because I am a mess. There, I said it.  I am a mess.  … Continue reading

Cursing Toddlers

Cursing Toddlers

I wrote the following post a while ago.  Today it’s posted at kevinmd, so I thought I’d share it here as well.  Check out kevinmd for a wide assortment of thoughts on health and healthcare.   ______   Today was a rough day at work.  My schedule of 10 patients for the afternoon rapidly ballooned … Continue reading

Applauding Independence

Applauding Independence

Today, TL spoke those dreaded words for the first time:  “No, me do it.” And so it begins.  Independence.  With it comes fierce opinions and single-minded determination. In this case, it had to do with buckling herself into her car seat.  She loves playing with the buckles, but she’s not so great at actually getting … Continue reading