Tag: motherhood

Mayday






You saunter in looking all pretty and sunshiney, all fresh cut grassy with flowers blooming everywhere, but behind your back you’re toting yards and yards of rope that you will use to hogtie, hamstring, and incapacitate us, so that by the




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Splintered






I am four people away from getting my single Friday night margarita when I see my husband frantically waving me out of line at our favorite taco joint. I had been deep in conversation with a dad behind me who




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Ugly Vote

As a critic of people who try to portray perfection on social media, I need to call out — myself. I posted this photo yesterday after I voted. There we are, the mommy and her children, blissed out by the

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Kissing Frogs

My excuse for telling my 9 year old daughter who she should marry is that I was delirious. It happened as she was kissing me good night and tucking me in. I get up at 2 am for my job,

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Gold Medal Mama






My after work snack the other day was smoked salmon on thin, golden toasted bread sprinkled with just the right amount of capers and minced red onion. Yesterday, I devoured homemade chicken salad, hand picked from a roasted chicken that




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Red Light Wake Up Call

“We’re never going to get there and I’m going to be late again. Why aren’t we moving?” He is wedged into my small backseat, his lanky, toothpick frame bulging with padding and hard plates beneath his hockey jersey. I am

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A Thanksgiving Stuffed with Guilt

I probably shouldn’t have said it. I just blurted it out when I realized he wasn’t there. My 8 year old had handed me a Thanksgiving card she made for us at school. It had the feathers glued to the

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Why I’m not enjoying this time in my life more

Have you ever turned the handle on a jack-in-the-box, and as it cranks and the tinny song plays on, you start to feel nervous, anticipating the pop of the freaky clown? So you slow your cranking, maybe even lean back

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The Punch

They came tearing down the driveway, waving their skinny-as-toothpick arms, yelling. For a split second I thought they were excited, but as they drew closer, my middle aged eyes focused enough to see she was crying and he looked furious.

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Control Freak






I didn’t know I had a sick, twisted mind until I became a mother. As a parent, the world is all sharp edges, a place where everyone is running with scissors. There are predators and diseases and freak accidents and




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Cats in the Cradle

“Look. At. Me!” I am looking at you, sweetie. I am. I’m looking up at you every other second, while I’m returning this text about this story I have to finish setting up for work. “Put it down, Mom!” I

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The Other Woman

I don’t like my son’s wife. I don’t like that he spends Christmas with her family. I don’t like that he does whatever his wife wants. My son is 10 years old so, technically, there’s no wife. But there will

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Tiny Steps






I never get to go anywhere. I mean, there was that time I was in Sochi, Russia for the Olympics, but that was forever ago. Since then, I never get to go anywhere. Ever. So, I finally land this big




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Remember Me






My children returned to school last week. And there was a moment. One that nobody but me noticed. The kids at our bus stop were scrambling onto the bus, darting down the aisle to find a seat, and my son




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The Man on the X






There is no horror like hearing your six year old say during the most solemn, prayerful, silent part of the Catholic Mass, in the same voice she uses to ask for another chicken nugget across the kitchen, “Who is the




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