family life

The Ferris of them all

"Bueller. Bueller. Bueller..." from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," the movie An odd reflection of our harried times and the generation gap, here is a slightly fictionalized snippet of conversation from our dinner table the other night. Me to heavily-scheduled teen daughter: "You seem really worn out. Why don't you just take a day off school?… Continue reading The Ferris of them all

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3 holiday fails

"I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage." Erma Bombeck, American humorist There's a Norman Rockwell holiday -- where even grandpa's wrinkles are picturesque -- and there's the rest of us. We've probably all had some blissed-out moments here and there, but, more often than not, there's something, well, amiss. We don't… Continue reading 3 holiday fails

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I married a Boy Scout

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin, American founding father One recent afternoon, I not-so-innocently remarked that our crock pot lid was not long for this world. My husband slowed, glanced toward the appliance and moved on without saying a word. I was in no way surprised, however, when I opened… Continue reading I married a Boy Scout

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Secrets from my children

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanack" She almost caught me. Just when I was looking longingly at a newspaper circular for elastic-waisted pants -- the mom jeans to end all mom jeans -- my youngest daughter strolled through the kitchen. I flipped the paper over… Continue reading Secrets from my children