The big lie about parenting

Friday, August 7, 2015

The dark hour before dawn is sacred space. It's my only waking hour in a silent room, and I typically guard it carefully.

But that morning, all I wanted to do was wake up my kids.

The night before, in that other still space, the one where children quiet just before they drift off, my son told me the truth. "You always say no. I'm frustrated because you say no to every single question."

It's been a hard summer. Our first months on our own, my first months working in several years, their first long break after their first year of classroom school. Too many changes, too little routine. The characters are all the same, but nothing feels quite normal, and we've had nothing but time together to ruminate in our juices.

I'm over at The Mid!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I scan the crowd, looking for my childhood best friend. We are at the cheap theater, and the movie is about to start. I take stock of the lobby until I see her, and we both wave and hurry toward one another. "Are you getting popcorn?" I ask right away.

"No," she says, "I snuck my own candy." I giggle and say, "Me too!" Once again I think, I can't believe we get to do this.

I'm over on The Mid, sharing how my best friend from elementary school and I have spent the summer together. You can read the rest over there. 

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