This morning, like many mornings since Jake crunched his car, I drove the boy to school. As we turn into the school driveway, the high school lies to our right, and the outdoor soccer fields where Ri and Matt play soccer lie to our left. Every morning there is someone huddled on the far end of the aluminum bleachers, a … Continue reading Lonely! Lonely in the fog!
I’m working on dinner when, from the living room, I hear the vacuum cleaner being turned on and off, on and off, punctuated by raucous laughter. Vacuuming should not be this much fun. Huh. Are they giving themselves hickies again? No, they are not. I walk into the living room to see Matt getting into … Continue reading Vacuum packed
“Mom, I’m gonna download an explicit song on iTunes, is that ok?” I appreciate Jake asking. At eighteen, I’m not worried about the choices he makes in music, but we only have one computer and he knows that whatever he downloads is available to my two younger boys, too. “What is it,” I ask, “is it … Continue reading Spit my flow
“I just bought things from blind people,” I tell Jake when he comes into my studio. “You bought things from blind people?” “Yeah.” “Just now?” He’s perplexed. He was only upstairs for a moment. “Yeah. Things made by blind people.” “Why did you do that?” “Because they’re BLIND!” I say. “They are blind.” He tilts his head and … Continue reading The blind leading the blind
Last night I had a call which unsettled me. At 11:45 my cell rang several times, and then my house phone started to ring. Late night phone calls are rarely good, and someone was really trying to get to me; caller ID told me it was a long-gone ex-boyfriend. Knowing the nature of his calls I always … Continue reading That’s not nice
Because it was getting late last night, Jake very sweetly offered to accompany me on my greenway walk . Nearing the end of the two and a half mile walk I was in a good groove and starting to tire, but Jake, the cross-country runner, was just loosening up. First he started skipping next to me, … Continue reading Misinformed Jamaican hippies
Hey, look at this. Are you looking? I’ve been wanting to create a casual summer pendant; the kind of thing you can throw on with a pair of shorts or a fluttery silk dress, and I think we’ve done it, Watson. Blogosphere, meet the Reversible Petal Pendant. Petal Pendant, blogosphere. I’ve forged a piece of 14k … Continue reading Puppy kickers!
This boy was inducted into the National Honor Society on Thursday night. When I found out I was pregnant with Jake, I was a senior at Penn State. I had never babysat or held a baby, and I certainly never planned to have children or even marry. Maybe someday I’d adopt an older child. My … Continue reading Jake changed everything
I picked Jake up early from school to take him to his orthodontist appointment, and on the way we stopped by the soccer fields to find a sweatshirt Matt had left there the night before. The fields were deserted except for one man doing….something. He was running, bent at the waist into a ninety degree angle … Continue reading Killer Tai Chi
My head is busy at the best of times. For years I’ve used exercise to slow down the energy coursing through my brain, and meditation to help clear the collisions from the tracks of my mind so that all my trains of thought can be righted from where they’ve spectacularly derailed. Throw in a wonderful-but-slightly-overwhelming amount … Continue reading A coyote ate my head