Boundaries and spaces

– Posted in: challenges

The polar vortex came to visit Tuesday, at least I think that's what all of the weather people mean. All I know is I'm wearing a sweater right now; the blast of cold air when I left the gym this morning cooled me down and woke me up more than my run. The air doesn't [...]

Under the crabapple tree

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Venturing from our back deck to under the crabapple tree still seems like something they need permission to do, and I let them ask every time they want to wander out of eyesight. I can hear them when the kitchen windows are open, voices mingling together in a familiar lilting hum blending together sibling conversations [...]

Finding words

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Rain pelted the ground today. After yesterday's glimpse into summer's humidity, the breeze accompanying the downpour should've felt refreshing. It just felt cold — heavy and cold. I didn't intend to write about Maya Angelou's death, at least not tonight. Scrawled notes about productive ways to spend my evening work time were abandoned in the [...]


– Posted in: challenges, Joy

The weekend was the kind of busy that will likely creep into our lives more and more as the kids get older. Social commitments and extracurricular activities and choices about what to do when overlapping times became impossible to share. By Monday, we were all exhausted. The alarm rang, I'm sure. I reached to turn [...]

Ebb and flow

– Posted in: challenges, Writing & Blogging

Even when they try, their swinging doesn't synchronize. Her legs pump, her arms pull, with a fluidity he hasn't yet learned. Their rhythm ebbs and flows, back and forth, meeting somewhere between the highs and lows. Just like that, the curtain closed on Listen to Your Mother Metro Detroit, 2014. I've wrapped my hopes and [...]


– Posted in: challenges

I had to scrape snow and ice from my car this week. Tile installation coincided with the season's final — yes, I'm daring to say final — snowfall, and my car has been in the driveway for days. My hands chapped in minutes, my gloves tucked away in some corner of the house I couldn't [...]

The zoo is worth it

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Cars lined the street leading to the brick entrance. Cars snaked in a non-moving line towards the parking garage. Cars crawled through the parking lot, waiting for tired legs to pick a car on their way out of the zoo. We went anyway. Before we moved, our zoo was minutes away. The kids barely had [...]

Between busy and still

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The numbers creep forward, green against black. I know the morning will come too quickly. The lazy, easy routine we've slipped into during spring break will evaporate into sleep-stained eyes and rushed minutes. I will have to pack lunches again. We didn't fly to Mexico or drive to Florida or venture farther than the zoo [...]

More than pretty

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Lyrics and lines have always come easily to her; she hums tunes and acts out scenes and inserts words she knows for those she doesn't. Most of the time she belts out songs with abandon. I'm more vigilant about the music we listen to than I used to be, and our current favorites are Kidz [...]

Finding fearless

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Puddles impede our walks to school now. With one of each of their hands in mine, I try not to think about the coffee mug I wish I could carry with me, because I know they won't always want to slide our fingers together as we walk. We stay near the curb, and she tries [...]