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July 10, 2017

What’s Wrong with the Cozi App?

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We started the bedtime rituals over: removal of sugar from hands and teeth, calming lullabies, and copious cups of water. “Boo!” and, “Where da fox?” continually interrupted my efforts. Our quiet evening was most definitely over; no time for the...

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June 13, 2017

I’ll Be Darned

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On special nights, when the children sleep and my husband corrects papers, I darn socks. Lamplight, hot tea, and holey socks: my secret passion. Before beginning, I triage the waiting pile. Socks with small holes are attended first, and these...

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May 16, 2017

Waiting for the Moon to Rise

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The gravel crunched under foot, and I ended my request for help by saying, “I just don’t know what to do.” Only the sound of our loud footsteps filled the air as we walked on, the warm evening turning to summer darkness. My eyes dropped, searching...

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April 25, 2017

“And Snakes-and-Families and Happy Ladders”

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All the children chose a plastic player and we lined up ready to start. Loni rolled the perfect game, in four turns he hit three ladders (the longest one is Thrift equals Fulfilment), then sat on the top row, past all the dangerous snakes waiting to...

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