Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Unsplash Ruined daffodils Proudly thrust into her hands, Muddy son shrieks joy: Flowers for Mommy! Just like Daddy gives to her, Flowers make her smile. It took filthy, sweaty, miserable hours to plant the bulbs. She did her best not to resent his being gone for the day while she was… Continue reading No Flower Is Safe From Little Boy Love
Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash In his hero shirt, he imagines a different life in which to thrive. ************************************************ Young boy stands, arms outstretched. Wearing his favorite Spider Man shirt, he knows himself ultimate superhero, powerful and brave, strong and smart. Super bad mean guys will always fight him to take over the world, but… Continue reading Making It Up, His Own Way
Photo by skitterphoto on pexels.com Could I do it? Maybe. Maybe not. I chose the hardest way. I was four years old, proud rider of a sweet red tricycle, allowed the independence of riding the sidewalk in front of our house. Breaking the rules, I rode my tricycle farther than I was allowed to go. The freedom, the… Continue reading Take the Hardest Road and Pedal Hard
Author Photo Prior to Devouring Reindeer Cookie About eight years ago, an ambitious high school student had her first cooking gig. A neighbor was hosting a large Christmas party complete with caroling and hot chocolate and hired her to make reindeer cookies for the children. The recipe was simple: sugar cookie, baked as usual. Mini pretzel… Continue reading Reindeer Cookies Return
Where do Mom cards go? Glittery, magic rainbows Buried, lost, forgotten? It happened again. Sorting book donations for Darien Book Aid, I discovered an exuberant card made with all the passionate love of a three-year old. At the bottom of a tired cardboard box filled with battered textbooks, current bestsellers, and heavily highlighted classics, it… Continue reading Glittered Love Notes
Mrs. Babson’s classroom was paradise. Large, sturdy easels offered huge pads of white paper. Brushes, sponges, and paper towels lined the low shelves. Tins of watercolors were stacked alongside big squirt bottles of paint. Jars were stuffed with colored pencils, rulers, and pencils. In the corner was a water table with plastic aprons, buckets, and… Continue reading Make Your Own Purple
Small boy on train shrieks: Wheels go faster, faster! Look! We look and we see… Kneeling on the seat for a good view out the window, the young boy declared his constant joy, the inconceivable thrill of riding a commuter train to New York City. Every sight, every sound was a precious wonder gasped… Continue reading Best Ride Ever!