Draw Near

I ran out of peppermint cocoa this morning. Just like that. Not a single ounce to add to my morning coffee, nor console me that the fifth day of Pacific Northwest rain is not so terrible.   My medically fragile daughter, recently diagnosed with anemia, is home today. It is “that time of the month” and it is absolutely wreaking havoc on her already worn out body. Today was also the day we were supposed to receive the keys to our new home. We have a lousy appraiser who wrote […]

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So, Unemployed Then.

“So, are you employed?” “Yes. I work about 60 hours a week. I teach my eldest daughter 5th grade, and I am her full-time nurse. I train our service dog. I run a household of four. I am a contracted writer and an amateur painter. I also volunteer my time for a couple of non-profit organizations on an ongoing basis.” Long, drawn out pause. “So, you are unemployed then.” Last night, our family attended my husband’s work holiday party. I appreciate that his company allowed for it to be a […]

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She.

She and her Little approach the heavy, engraved door and knock. A faint “come in” compels her to enter. The home is a bustle of giggling girls, chatting moms, the sure-tell signs of festivity. Her Little runs to greet her friends, immersing herself in a craft and handing her gift directly to the birthday girl – both equally excited about the potential of its contents.     She inhales deeply. Why is this so hard for her? What is it about this scene that causes such angst? The hostess offers her a cup of […]

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