You Are Not Alone


Your son didn’t do his homework. Again. And he lied about it. Again. And he spent your 2 dollars in change from the book fair on sugary snacks at lunch instead of bringing it back home to you as instructed. And you think to yourself, “What am I doing wrong?” […]

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Saying “I Love You”


“Bye!  I love you!” The woman chirped into the phone.  She closed her eyes and waited eagerly for his reply. “O.k., we’ll talk to you later,” he answered. She laughed and shook her head as she pressed the “end” button on her cell phone. The 40-year old woman could count on one […]

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Before and After


It’s difficult to remember what my life was like before I became a mom.  The closest I can come to relaying what it was like is to relay what it wasn’t like, based on the way it is now. I never had to get up in the middle of the night –numerous […]

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Signs


Signs.  They’re everywhere.  Stop.  Yield.  Sharp curve ahead.  They’re obvious.  Well-intentioned.  Clear.  They’re well-placed to help people avoid trouble.  Not all signs in life are as clear.  Or maybe they are.  We just aren’t paying attention.  But they are there.  And they’re there to help you.  Just like the signs you see […]

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Mama, Forgive Yourself


I cuddled the tiny baby in my arms and watched her suck hungrily on the bottle of formula I held.  Her chubby cheeks moved up and down with each graceful gulp, and I smiled.  I remembered bottle-feeding my own daughter not so long ago. This temporary charge of mine suddenly […]

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The Truth of the Matter


You are not real, though many wish you were. You fill strangers with false joy, and friends with anger and mistrust. You possess the uncanny ability to keep the peace between a husband and wife, but you can also become that which tears them apart. You can be small or […]

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Sacrifices


That black smudge on your forehead two days ago said it all.  You’re Catholic.  It’s Lent.  And you have 40 soul-searching days of self-sacrifice staring you in the face. Do you give up sweets?  Again?  Do you dare think about going without alcohol or caffeine for that long?  Maybe you […]

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Toddlerese


Under the most recent job title of “Domestic Goddess” on my vast and now seemingly meaningless resume, I’m planning to add the qualification, “interpreter.”  To be specific, I am working diligently on mastering the rather complicated language of “Toddlerese.”  All moms have been required to master this intriguing language in their […]

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What Is Your Purpose?


When my sister suddenly passed away two and a half years ago, I struggled with my sense of purpose.  I felt God had cheated my sister –a beautiful wife and mother of only 42 years– out of a life that had literally sparkled with purpose, and I berated God for […]

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What’s In a Name?


I’ve been called a lot of things during my lifetime.  Some were even complimentary.  Others…not so much.  But being called “Mommy” has, by far, exceeded all my expectations. As a child, I thrived on being a daughter, sister, granddaughter, cousin, niece and friend.  I felt great pride in being called […]

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