THE GRADUATE

Last weekend was the college graduation of my stepson, Derek. Much to my surprise, as the ceremony began, I teared up and thought I might even require emergency Kleenex. I definitely did some serious damage to my eyeliner and mascara. I don't know what came over me exactly. Happiness, pride, relief, years of worry... But … Continue reading THE GRADUATE

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DRIVER ON BOARD

Well, it's happened. My last little chick has sprouted wings (to match his cute little horns) and passed his driver's license test. Don't ask me why it took 2 years past the expected date to accomplish the task, but it did. I am not complaining about that at all, by the way. Frankly, (and you … Continue reading DRIVER ON BOARD

MUMBLES GOES TO SCHOOL

School is starting. But not for me. No more urging a sleepy teenager out of the house at 7:15 a.m. and repeating all the way to school, "What?  What? Are you talking? Are you moving your lips? Are you sure you're moving your lips?  Well, I don't think you are. Austin, enunciate! Speak. Up!!" Nope. No … Continue reading MUMBLES GOES TO SCHOOL

MY DAY IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE

After a Friday evening discussion with my stepson, the recent high school graduate, in which I learned he had no intention of brushing his teeth that night OR the next morning before being delivered to work by his friend, my brain shorted out.  In a desperate attempt to escape the reality that I had failed to teach … Continue reading MY DAY IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE

DEREK AND THE DASTARDLY DISHWASHER

My stepson was home over Spring Break, which aside from numerous grandparent dinners, was largely unexceptional. Until Saturday. Friends were in from out-of-town and Derek was kind enough to straighten the kitchen for me after I'd asked three times. I guess he wanted to make sure I REALLY wanted it cleaned. I have to admit, I was impressed … Continue reading DEREK AND THE DASTARDLY DISHWASHER