It’s Okay If You’re Struggling

On day #1,467 of sheltering in place, I was watching my daughter participate in her regular dance class, now delivered via Zoom videoconferencing. We’d created a makeshift dance floor in our kitchen by pushing the table against the windows, positioning my laptop at just the right angle so her...

Inordinate

Inordinate. This word has been on my mind lately because of a show the kids discovered on NetFlix, “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Based on the books by Daniel Handler — also known as Lemony Snicket — the show follows young Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents...

The Secret Dog People Club

My childhood dog was a Labrador Retriever. On a balmy day in July 1994, my mother drove us to pick him up at a breeder several hours away. When we arrived, puppies were frolicking in the front yard, and one of them dashed up to us. He wore a...

Driving in the Rain

Yesterday morning the girls had an appointment to get approved for Global Entry. Kevin and I figured we should both be there to present the kids officially, but we took separate cars so he could head to work immediately afterward. It had been raining all morning, and as the...

Inspiration from the Walgreens Checkout Line

Oh, summer. Scorching sun and cool ice cream and bright green grass and…So. Much. Pollen. I think I’ve spent a small fortune on children’s allergy medications, and I’m starting to be on a first-name basis with the cashiers at Walgreens. While waiting in line yesterday (for the second time...