Where Did You Get Your Kids From?

This morning, I clicked play on a rediscovered Christmas 2005 video on my laptop and cried and smiled as I watched. The kids were bouncy, and gap-toothed, and still called me mommy (now, it’s Mom or “Hey, Sheryl” ) Their high-pitched munchkin voices squealing over the things Santa brought them were precious.  My how I…

Lemons, Anyone?

Two nights ago, on October 31, our neighborhood was invaded by hoards of little people.  At least I think they were people.  There were short princesses, minute Spidermen, itty bitty vampires, and more than a few  vertically-challenged ninja warriors, all of whom swarmed the streets with flashlights and glow necklaces, yelling and laughing.  They sounded…

“Mom, You’re Embarrassing Me!”

I love to embarrass my kids.  One of my greatest joys is to see the look on their faces when I do something silly in front of their friends.  I’ll say things like “YOLO,”an acronym for ‘you only live once’ used by the teens. I greet their friends with “Yo, Dawg,” and I dance.  Oh…

A Son by Any Other Name

  My dad was a funny man.  Always one to crack jokes, tease and make up funny names for people, he seemed at ease in any situation.  But when my husband showed up at the front door to pick me up for our first date, I cringed.  Though Dad shook hands with him and politely…