Parenting

Wherever you go, there you are

Wherever you go, there you are

Wherever you go, there you are. I’m reminded of this every time I travel. As I’ve mentioned before, I often have travel anxiety. It’s a “first-world problem” and I expect no sympathy for it. Any trouble related to traveling is good trouble. I’m fortunate to be able to take family vacations frequently and give my son exposure to new and…
Circling back to Sacramento

Circling back to Sacramento

I spent two years in my early twenties trying to make a life for myself in Sacramento, California. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. I left and never returned there – until today, a few days before my fiftieth birthday. Today I sat with my three year-old son on the patio at a coffeehouse…
My kid’s carbon footprint keeps me awake at night

My kid’s carbon footprint keeps me awake at night

We all have a carbon footprint. I’m constantly conscious of mine, but that doesn’t equate to me changing my behavior. If my carbon footprint is significant, my son’s carbon footprint must be gargantuan. I shudder to think of all the pollution and waste he’s single-handedly contributed to the planet in only 42-months. Infants may look harmless and cute, but that’s…
Why I write

Why I write

Why do I write about parenting? Why expose my life to scrutiny? It’s my intent to present an unvarnished view of parenthood and life. I realize putting my son’s (and husband’s) name and image out into the world could be problematic. But, online privacy is a myth and the benefits outweigh potential issues. Telling our story is the only way…
The hotel house

The hotel house

There are times when several of the things my son loves align. We call this vacation. Eddie loves air travel, hotels, and elevators. When we travel he gets to experience three of his favorite things. Eddie has improved greatly when it comes to air travel. As an infant in a baby carrier he traveled with few problems. When he turned…
France is coming!

France is coming!

We started prepping my son, Eddie, for the arrival of our international exchange student a week ahead of time. We explained that a young man named Pierre would stay with us for three months. He understood the situation, but our boy insisted on saying, “France is coming!” over and over again. He learned to find France on a map. We…
Vacation Anxiety: Going up?

Vacation Anxiety: Going up?

Vacation can be work. I say that because, for me, vacation brings up issues I need to work on. It starts before we even leave the house. It starts with packing a suitcase. Do I need to take dress up clothes or just casual clothes? Do I need three pair of shoes? Really? I used to be a savvy traveler.…
Going, going, gone

Going, going, gone

I am stingy when it comes to getting rid of certain clothing and baby gear. I don’t know why. I’m not that sentimental about the things my toddler outgrows. I have no intention on saving piles of things he used to wear and play with. I don’t have the patience or the space. I have no fantasies about him handing…