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A Wedding? That Can’t Possibly Be Right!

Dear Kid,

One possible interpretation is that I chose to wait. That I held on to the holiday letters I received from friends until now so that I could enjoy them in the calm of the new year.

Another interpretation is that I managed to get them all into a pile and then somehow buried the pile under another pile until last weekend when I excavated them.

A third is that I just plum dang forgot about them.

Whichever you believe, the fact is that I just got around to reading them.

I love hearing from friends I don’t get to see often. To learn about all the things that are going on in their lives. To catch up on their comings and goings and pretend that I am just as interesting and just as good at keeping in touch (even though I’m not). Generally, reading the letters is a silent process. But one letter caused me to squawk.

Me: This can’t be right.
Dad: Um?
Me: Gloria’s daughter is getting married!
Dad: Isn’t she, like, 5?
Me: Exactly! She can’t possibly be old enough to tie her own shoes much less tie the knot.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning DearKidLoveMom.comMind you, Gloria’s daughter was born on the day Daddy and I got engaged. And by utilizing some creative math (and by “math” I mean makeup) and holding tight to an excessive amount of denial, there is no way that child is more than a pre-teen.

(Yes, I know reality would seem to indicate she’s somewhat older than you. I’m in denial over that too.)

This is how I’ve got it figured: Gloria looks about a week older than she did when we were in school. The last time I saw her daughter was when she was an infant. I clearly have not aged more than a few years since then. Voila! Creative math and statistical improbabilities.

Which makes it harder to celebrate our (Dad’s and my) anniversary with any amount of accuracy, but I’ve always been flexible when it comes to that sort of thing.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I must contact the authorities about a toddler getting married.

Love, Mom

P.S. If somehow my calculations and permutations are off and she is old enough (ha!) to get married, I wish everyone all the best for a wonderful next chapter. 

P.P.S. And really good waterproof mascara for the wedding day.

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For the Love of Lefties

Dear Kid,

There are things in the Universe I don’t understand. Quite a few things, actually.

Inigo Montoya: “I admit it, you are better than I am.” Westley: “Then why are you smiling?” Inigo Montoya: “Because I know something you don't know.” Westley: “And what is that?” Inigo Montoya: “I am not left-handed.” -- “The Princess Bride” DearKidLoveMom.comAnd now there is one more.

I hurt sprained strained tore over-stretched aggravated hurt my right wrist. So I have wisely decided to rest it. (I am typing left handed. Dad and the puppy are policing the resting of the wrist.)

After several hours of enforced left-handedness (during which I did highly complex things like eat dinner and watch TV), I can conclusively say I don’t get it.

“God made everyone right-handed, the truly gifted overcome it.” -- Anonymous DearKidLoveMom.comHow do Lefties DO it? How do they do all those things with their south paw? I mean it’s HARD. Really, really hard. As in not easy. Practically impossible.

I am so impressed….

Dear Mom,

Really, my wrist will be fine. Not a biggie. Just needs a little rest. I’m pretty sure this was just an opportunity for me to be impressed with ambidextrous people.

Love, Mom

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5 Facts About College Kids and an Important Reminder

Dear Kid,

I had a few not-so-good minutes yesterday. Not hideously CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT bad, but bittersweet.

And it’s your fault.

I got up (relatively early for a Sunday with no scheduled plans). As I sat thawing (after walking the Puppy in sub-temperature degrees) and drinking my coffee (duh) I thought, “I wonder what time the Kid will wake up today.”

And then I realized that A) I was right that you were probably still sleeping and B) I was right that you would wake up at some point later in the morning but C) you were not going to come downstairs, fuzzle-headed, to join me for breakfast.

Some of us get over the excitement more quickly than others...DearKidLoveMom.comBecause you’re no longer here. You’re back at school. Which is exactly where you belong.

But….

Fact: It is possible for parents to spoil their kids.

Fact: It is possible for kids to spoil their parents.

Fact: It is possible for kids to spoil their parents just by being home for a while.

Fact: It takes a while for us all to settle back into our “regular” roles.

Fact: It was wonderful having you home.

Reminder: Texts are wonderful, but it’s OK with Verizon if you occasionally use the phone to call and speak with us.

Have a great semester, kiddo.

Love, Mom

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It’s Friday Already!!

Dear Kid,

It’s Friday already! I’ll tell you, this 4-day workweek really works for me.

On the other hand, the end of the week means the end of your vacation means the end of having you here….

Sad face.

But it’s 2017 and I’m looking for the Happy, so I think I’ll be happy that we had a lovely visit. And shoe shopping.

Making 2017 a good year one day at a time. DearKidLoveMom.comAnd spring break is coming….sooner or later….

Maybe with shoe shopping!

Love, Mom

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It’s Day 2 — Let’s Make It a Good Year

Dear Kid,

This is fantastic! We’re on the second day of the year and (as of this writing) we’ve had no major catastrophes in our house.

This is a good start to 2017 and a good sign for the year.

I recognize that there have been some not-so-great things happening in the world. But 2017 just got started; you can’t expect perfection and redirection overnight.

I have confidence.

Today's Goal: Make someone smile. (Making 2017 a good year one day at a time) DearKidLoveMom.comI’ve decided that we (and by “we” I mean everyone in the universe—most of whom won’t pay any attention to me) should make 2017 better one day at a time. I’m not talking about world peace of curing urban blight or finding a good tasting non-caloric chocolate. Some things are best left to the experts.

I’m talking about the things we can impact.

Making someone smile.

Giving an unexpected compliment.

Holding a door.

Letting your mother watch something other than football on TV. (Oops, there I go with the crazy talk again.)

I’m pretty sure we can make a difference if we all try.

Love, Mom

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Merry Everything

Dear Kid,

It’s a good day to think about other people, and to remember that whatever we’re celebrating, it’s about tolerance and acceptance and thank you notes.

To all those celebrating, Merry Christmas!

To those celebrating, Merry Christmas! DearKidLoveMom.com

To all those celebrating, Happy Hanukkah!

To those celebrating, Happy Chanukah! DearKidLoveMom.com

To all those celebrating, Happy Kwanzaa!

To those celebrating, Happy Kwanzaa! DearKidLoveMom.com

And to those simply enjoying the season, Happy Today!

To those celebrating the joy of the season, Happy Today! DearKidLoveMom.com

Love, Mom

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