Fantastic Friday

Get 5-year-old dressed as Dorothy Gale. Take pics of kid in driveway, trying to elicit smiles by making husband do flying monkey impersonation. Check Get to school barely on time. Check. Try to complete work for job that actually pays; Get only about 1/4 done. Stress about it rest of day. Check. Deal with fallout […]

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Seven

My baby is seven today. SEVEN. When you were six, I could still think, I have babies. The baby is gone now. I look at you now, and remember what you were like as a baby, a toddler, a preschooler. But he is seven now, and seven is no longer baby. This has been a […]

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Green Recessionista? Cheap Meanie?

I’m really not sure whether this makes me eco-conscious, or a big old, no fun stick-in-the-mud. I do know that it looks frighteningly like something Pop would have done, although I did not take it as far as his sister Mary, who would just strike out the writing on cards and then reuse them. Perhaps […]

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We Found It!

The proverbial Needle In a Haystack. The diamond in a very messy and large rough. My diamond. We found it. I was picking veggies from the garden, and I came up to the carport and Todd and the kids were grinning like jackasses eating briars. “Mama?” Todd said. “Remember when you said you would take […]

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First Week of School

I can’t believe that school is back in session so early. I know that it makes a difference in the education of kids with crappy parents, but I feel like the good parents and the kids who still learn at home over the summer kind of get the shaft. It just seems like summer should […]

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A Tale of Two Sisters in Overalls

It was the summer of 1998. I can still remember it like it was yesterday, even though it was pre-Todd, pre-Rollie and Tiller, Pre-Quint and Simon, and Scully. Hard to imagine that now. My sister was my best friend. No one else even came close, except maybe that boy. We were parting ways. He was […]

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Kids are funny

I told the kids to put on their bathing suits, get their goggles and towels, and get in the car. “we’re going down to meet your dad at a studio, going by Goodwill, then going straight to the pool,” I said. So, that’s how I found myself on 85South, all three of us singing along […]

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We Don’t Smell Other People’s Bottoms

I overhear Rollie telling Tiller “Smell my finger.” Having been friends with more boys than girls along the way, all sorts of alarms went off in my head, backed by a “Master of Puppets” soundtrack. (‘m looking at you. You know who you are. Coming out of your girlfriend’s house, when you went in to […]

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The Chase

The Chase Originally uploaded by DASHIELLREY My brother-in-law took this when we were on Cape San Blas. The little guy is my nephew, Dash. Note how empty the beach is, and it was 4th of July weekend, but it is usually like that at CSB, so I don’t think it was really attributable to the […]

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