Entries Tagged as 'worries'

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Let’s Talk About Kindergarten

She sprawled out on the floor, legs crossed in the air, pink marker in hand, and crossed out all the days of July until today. On the August page, she marked the first day of school with a number one. And then she counted. “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Six more weeks, Mom.” In […]

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Let's Talk About Kindergarten

She sprawled out on the floor, legs crossed in the air, pink marker in hand, and crossed out all the days of July until today. On the August page, she marked the first day of school with a number one. And then she counted. “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Six more weeks, Mom.” In […]

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Facing New Fears

Five years ago I handed my six month old baby over to complete strangers. On that morning in August, I brought her bag full of sheets and blankets that smelled like home, pacifiers she’d never use, clothes for when she needed changing, bibs for mealtime and enough diapers and wipes for weeks at a time. […]

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

This Isn’t The Story Of A Lie

“I have a rash,” she said as she pointed to her arm, tiny red dots protruding from her skin. It was a dry spot, really, nothing else. “That’s from sucking your thumb,” Ken said without missing a beat. She looked up at us with shock. “Really?” She asked. “Really. I could google it,” Ken said. […]

Monday, April 8th, 2013

On The Playground

On the playground is where I’m tested most. Tested to let go. Tested to let them take risks. Tested to let them out of my sight. Tested to let them fail. I take them to the playground and then I don’t want to let them play. I want Nora to stick to the slides and […]

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Shield

She picks up a foam shield and a foam sword, stands in the middle of the aisle and demands that I watch. “Just try to hurt me,” she dares, laughing. She pivots on the heels of her shoes, reciting more lines from She-Ra, the show that has shown her the function of a shield, before […]

Monday, January 7th, 2013

I’m Afraid of Kindergarten

Long before I had to add guns pointed at six year olds to my list of things to fear about sending Nora off to school next year, I started to dread kindergarten. This dread makes no sense, really. I loved school. LOVED it. I’m a teacher. I love learning above most other things. Yet, sending […]

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Vignettes

“When will I stop thinking about the Grinch?” she asked me before bed tonight. “Maybe never,” I said, “You might never stop thinking about him, but you’ll stop being so scared of him. One day you’ll realize you haven’t thought about him in a while.” “I’m not as scared anymore,” she said. ******** “How are […]

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Finding Words

There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child’s embrace, that is true. The memories we have of them, the joy that they bring, the wonder we see through their eyes, that […]

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Just A Dress

Saturday night I tweeted “After watching the non-animated Grinch Nora said it was too much for her imagination. Then requested to watch it again. So perfectly her.” Because that really is Nora in a nutshell. That night, however, after watching the Grinch 1.5 times that day, she couldn’t go to sleep. “I keep thinking about […]

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