Tag: daughter

Prepare a Place for Me

There was only one reason why my father would be calling me. My mother must be dead. He explained how it happened, how just last week he had given up taking care of her at home, that for the third time, she’d gone limp… Continue Reading “Prepare a Place for Me”

The Mother My Daughter Is

I like to say I knew her when. I knew her when her bangs were cut straight across with sewing scissors because the idea of spending real money on a haircut for a kid seemed outlandish to me. I knew her when she would… Continue Reading “The Mother My Daughter Is”

Time to Go Home

  She came to America holding a Barbie doll and wearing head phones.  She wore the new clothes I’d brought and the bracelet the orphanage workers had given her as a goodbye gift.  She’d lived in a children’s center in Managua, Nicaragua, for over… Continue Reading “Time to Go Home”

Paint It Red

I reached with my paintbrush for the tiny unpainted space between the two bedroom walls and the ceiling that the roller had missed, stretching my back and arm and holding the brush by its very tip to avoid having to step down from the… Continue Reading “Paint It Red”

Things My Mother Taught Me — Partly on Purpose

My mother taught me many things she didn’t know she as teaching me and probably had no intention of teaching me. She also tried to teach me things I had no interest or ability to learn.  This is suggestive of a lot of crossed wires… Continue Reading “Things My Mother Taught Me — Partly on Purpose”

Start Where You Are, Use What You Have: Involving Dads in their Kids’ Lives

This is week 2 of my little campaign to figure out ways to make my son have fun with his daughter.  Last week it was sledding.  Today, skating. Don’t bother me with “you shouldn’t have to do that.”  I shouldn’t.  But I do.  And I am.  So… Continue Reading “Start Where You Are, Use What You Have: Involving Dads in their Kids’ Lives”

Astonishing

I think this picture should be an ad for adoption. You know how most adoption family pictures are so posed?  And everyone looks happy – but they kind of need to look happy because the meter’s running on some photographer’s time.  Well, this picture… Continue Reading “Astonishing”

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