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Monthly Archive for December, 2011

The Sleepover

In fairy tale land, the children were nestled all snug in their beds. However, upstairs in our house, the cat was stuffed in an armoire on a stack of underwear. My son stood nearby fanning the doors first open and then closed.  My daughter and a cousin hovered over the same tiny screen, legs poking […]

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The Detour

What I said:  “Take that sock…the one right there…no…right there…the one that crunches when I poke it…yes…that one…and run it to the dirty laundry. What he heard: “How ’bout you string those vacuum cleaner pieces together…yep, every last one…good, good…until you’ve got a ten foot pole.  Then carefully–cause you don’t want to touch it either–thread […]

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The Power Test

Both kids were shirking the caps off markers when my son said suddenly, “men have power.” My daughter started to color.  My son shot a pen cap past the table. “Dads have power too,” he went on.  He tapped his chin where yesterday two band aids had clung like velcro. “And dad has so much power,” […]

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The Faces of Christmas

We’d hardly parked in my in-laws driveway when the kid who flew over his handlebars the afternoon before–the kid with five band aids on his face–sprung from his seat in his Christmas duds. It was when I turned to smooth his collar that I even noticed a wooden match taped to his vest. A match. […]

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For The Man In Her Life

Our daughter had a gift for her dad.  At which time she handed him two sheets of green typing paper stapled four hundred times around the edges and then dizzied herself around the living room like a balloon losing air. “Open it now, dad,” she begged. “It’s just what you’ve always wanted.” My husband raised […]

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The Royal Treatment

My son trotted down stairs in a turquoise bathrobe.  His sister’s.  At which time I took a closer look and started asking questions–like… Are you wearing underwear?  Is it the real kind?  I even sought clarification.  Are you sure it’s not one of your invisible pairs? At which time he flashed a corner of red […]

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When Only Another Lie Will Do

We had a truth telling issue this morning. And so, for five minutes today we were headed to Great Wolf Lodge.  A surprise I didn’t even know about. My husband shared the excitement with our son who nearly danced right out of his pjs. Great Wolf Lodge?  Ah…no way.  He couldn’t believe it. And then my […]

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God’s Pie

Through the wadded up wires of my ear piece I listened as my mom spoke about the meal my sister had made. “Shepherd’s pie,” I breathed back.  “Sounds amazing.” From the back seat my son’s ears perked. “Shepherd’s pie?” he asked.  I watched from the rear view mirror as his forehead crinkled.  He sensed something […]

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Tasty Buddies

My son pointed to his mouth. Did I know, he asked, what was on the tip of his tongue. I shook my head.  These days it could be anything. “I don’t know, bud.  Whatcha got?” Only instead of coughing out a rock or part of a paperclip, he touched his tongue and said, “my tasty […]

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Caramel Corn

I don’t know what it is about caramel corn that makes me forget that there’s such thing as a portion.  Or that I can save some for later. But uh, I love this stuff.  By the handful. And because it’s simple and can be made from set-up to clean-up in thirty minutes–even with two kids […]

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