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all of me

all of me

‘Ah, music, he said, wiping his eyes. A magic beyond all we do here!’ – JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Last night … We had been in space. The rocket bed was headed to Mars. The stuffed animal astronauts were all in their pajama space suits. The room was completely dark, except for the Dora flashlight … Continue reading

what matters

– Katie has one of the leads in her school’s Fall play. Excited doesn’t begin to describe how she feels about it. Talk of rehearsals and the antics of the cast and crew have dominated dinner conversation for the last six weeks. She can’t wait. The play opens tomorrow night. This is what’s known as … Continue reading

or water

Katie (5) and Brooke (3), 2007 * It is 2007. Luau and I are sitting at the kitchen table, interviewing a home service provider. Or perhaps she’s interviewing us. I don’t know which end is up. I just know that we need help. Brooke is three years old. She lives in a state of frustration. All we … Continue reading

sister love

  * My sister is the one person who truly knows me, as I know her. The last thing May says to me is ‘When our hair is white, we’ll still have our sister love.” ― Lisa See, Shanghai Girls Katie is leaving for the Red Sox game with her dad. Brooke and I are upstairs … Continue reading

age twelve in three pictures

* I have so much to say about this child. I could talk for days about how much I love her. About how proud I am to be her mama. About how blessed I feel to be able to watch her grow and change — to see her, in her own unique way, taking the … Continue reading

well played

* The following is in keeping with a promise that I made on the day that I became a mother. With my newborn baby in my arms, I agreed that when the time came, I would tell my dad every last detail of stories like this one. Because, as he said “I deserve that, Jessie.” … Continue reading

dear katie

Dear Katie, There’s so much I want to say to you. I can see you rolling your eyes at me – “Mama,” you’ll say, “you see me every day!” And yes, I do. But someday, if you have a child of your own, you’ll get this. This sense of urgency, of time slipping away like … Continue reading

c’mon vamanos

~ She was working on it for nearly a week. She would shuttle us all out of the den and take out her supplies – scads of paper, a freshly sharpened pencil and Dora Scrabble. The game, she explained, had pictures of all of the characters on its board. I asked her if she wanted … Continue reading

it mattered

~ 2003 ~ When babies are born, people are compelled to offer advice. Whether or not its sought, or even welcome, it comes to new parents at lightening speed. If she falls asleep too early, wake her up or you’ll both be up all night! No matter what, you never, ever, ever wake a sleeping … Continue reading

evolution of a secret – continued

* From June, 2010 … ** About a year ago, Brooke told me that she was going to tell me a secret. I bent down and leaned in close. She put her cheek next to mine. I waited. I eventually asked if she had something to tell me. She said, ‘Yes, a secret.’ So I … Continue reading