Category Archives: Family

Leaving was my thing. Being left behind is my new thing.

For most of my life, I was always the one doing the leaving. I was the leaver. I left the state I was born in within a couple of years. I left the next state after 1st grade, and then … Continue reading

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Day 12 – Crazy about the GOSPL girls! See you again soon.

Two weeks ago I loved my nieces because we’re family. Now I love them because I know them. Two weeks ago we greeted each other with tentative, polite hugs. Today we bear hugged goodbye. Two weeks ago I arrived as … Continue reading

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Day 11 – ‘your mother is on her way home! do you hear? ‘

‘your mother is on her way home! do you hear? oh, what will she do to us? what will she say? oh, she will not like it to find us this way!’ …. ‘have no fear of this mess,’ said … Continue reading

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Day 10 – The weekend comes thundering into town

It’s the weekend. Next week there’s no school. Things get loose. Teenage plans evolve in real-time as messages zip back and forth between all points on the network. Which house will be the ‘get ready at’ house. Which parents will agree … Continue reading

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Day 7 – The ‘swami-mami’ is an amazing manager

 This week I’m walking in the shoes of the ‘swami-mami’. If you know her, you get it. The nickname fits. If you don’t, think of hippy-spirited, yoga instructor, curious, determined, marathon runner, and mommy of 5 all rolled into one. This has … Continue reading

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Day 4 – “I was hoping Mildred would show up someday”

Mamie called to check in with us. She bypassed hello and went straight to “I was hoping Mildred would show up someday”. The spirit-filled grandmother of the 5 angels in my care spoke a truth, that made my heart skip a … Continue reading

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Day 3 – Hunkering down on a cold Saturday

There are two orbits spinning around each other in this household. One is inhabited by the much written about 21st century texting, driving, ueber-busy teen. Two of them, in this case. This is very familiar. Been there, done that … in fact … Continue reading

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