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Monthly Archive for October, 2012

When Salmon Spawn

Sometimes it’s just wiser to push the books aside. And realize the only way to learn some stuff is with our eyes and hands. Which is how we ended up at Voights Creek Hatchery at 8 a.m. Monday morning. The salmon were spawning. Or rather the salmon were going to be spawned. Hatchery style. This […]

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The Blessing

It has been there above my daughter’s bed. For weeks. A homemade sign. A sign stuck and restuck with two kinds of tape to the ceiling. A sign I have paid no mind. Because, as my daughter said once, it was private. Only I peeked tonight. On purpose. We were clearing year-old crafts–she and I–lost […]

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Us

It was just the two of us huddled in the front seats, shielding ourselves from the sideways rain and the forty degrees. Waiting out a girls 9U soccer practice that seemed futile given the weather. The glove compartment had been emptied, the contents fingerprinted and crammed back inside until it closed again. Maps in the […]

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The Micro Manager

Sometimes…kids with puppy dog eyes ask in sugary voices if we can carve our pumpkin. Our pumpkin. Singular. And they blink a lot. Then they up the ante’ and clear dinner plates without being asked. At which time my husband and I shrug and add, “ah, why not?” Though we can think of a few […]

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The Back Roads

There was concern uttered from the back seat. A  little boy’s voice. Speaking uncertainly as our truck dipped down the hill reaching 40 mph and leaving our guts briefly suspended. Our seat belts tight. “Oh, no,” my son said. “This road is kind of scarin’ my weanus.” My husband and I smirked. We smothered a […]

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Swab Skeletons

Yesterday, with a box of Q-tips and a glue gun, we ended our craft slump. At which time my daughter soaked up inspiration from the October 2012 issue of the Family Fun magazine where swab skeletons grooved on the page… And then started sticking together swabs of her own. Like so. In minutes, this skeleton […]

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Egg-less

It started with the discovery of the missing poached egg. The one that secretly slid like butter from my daughter’s breakfast plate and landed half-punctured on the padded chair. Oozing yolk. And dying right there. In the fabric. Only we hadn’t all gathered, nor sat down, nor jumped up again for the salt and pepper. […]

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Heart Song

Sometimes when he erupts into a homemade tune with equally homemade lyrics, I go motionless, straining to enjoy every word. Because unconsciously, my son sings about bed time or the cat or the Pledge of Allegiance.  And I don’t want to miss it. It’s just that today’s melody wasn’t his own. And the words weren’t […]

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Getting Noticed

Some days, like today, I get a wild hair. Real wild. And I take a minute and a half to doll up with all the make-up I own. As in… I sharpen the last third of the 99 cent, brown eye liner I found underneath the front seat of the car and I lean real […]

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A Confession

Sometimes mommies cry. On the inside. Deep tears that no one sees. Tears that crest at our eyelids, perhaps, but never drip. Tears that carve chasms.   Because… Sometimes mommies need a new filter on life. A new lens that isn’t smudged with set-back and struggle. A believable perspective that comes alongside, like a grandmotherly […]

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