Category: Family Stories

In the Sweet Night

As luck would have it, our baby granddaughter’s mama is getting some medical issues attended to and so we are filling in or stepping up or doing that which there is no choice but to do gracefully. I spent my first night in forty-eight… Continue Reading “In the Sweet Night”

Held

I hold the baby during dinner. It isn’t hard because I can hold the baby with one hand, she is that little, and eat with the other. Dinner is salmon, rice, and asparagus, and the last of the melon, food for nights holding a… Continue Reading “Held”

Lead Me to the Well

It’s hot and I need a shower and my bra is as tight as a Civil War bandage for a mortal chest wound. It’s been a long day. I spent a half hour in Walgreen’s this afternoon looking for the world’s tiniest bottle of… Continue Reading “Lead Me to the Well”

Ten Items of Amazement on the Birth of My 5th Grandchild

A woman with two artificial heart valves and a pace maker can have a baby but it takes a village of medical professionals trained to just call a pregnancy ‘high risk’ and not get too gory about the details. A situation can be extremely… Continue Reading “Ten Items of Amazement on the Birth of My 5th Grandchild”

Hospital Nights

I have slept in many hospital rooms, pulled out the faux leather cushions of the stiff couch to make a pretend bed, the hospital people being okay with patients’ parents staying the night but not wanting to make it too comfortable lest they move… Continue Reading “Hospital Nights”

The Difference Between Then and Now is This

My heart goes out to families where some of the members are vaccinated and others aren’t. The vaccinated folks wonder why the unvaccinated relatives don’t care enough to protect themselves against a deadly disease. More fundamentally, and here we are talking about deeply hurt… Continue Reading “The Difference Between Then and Now is This”

How a Sub Sandwich Told Me I’d Gone Around the Bend

This was the moment I knew I’d lost my mind. It was late spring of 2020. The entire state of Wisconsin was under a mask mandate – in stores, restaurants, public places – and there was plenty of advice about wearing masks outside because,… Continue Reading “How a Sub Sandwich Told Me I’d Gone Around the Bend”

Jan’s Clippers

Before the pandemic, my husband got his hair cut at a place that charged $5. He gave the guy a $5 tip, making the total price of a haircut $10, way less than other barbers charged and not even a quarter of what I… Continue Reading “Jan’s Clippers”

Vehement

In Wisconsin, we have a state legislator who is urging health care workers not to get vaccinated. Tomorrow, I’ll go with my pregnant daughter to what is probably the best hospital clinic in the state and I’ll have no idea if the people we… Continue Reading “Vehement”

My First Three Days as an Au Pair

After a three-day apprenticeship, my twin infant grandsons were left in my care. I would say ‘our care’ but my husband was asleep on the couch for the duration so it seems unnecessarily inclusive and gratuitous to allow much credit to flow his way.… Continue Reading “My First Three Days as an Au Pair”

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