My two granddaughters, ages six and four, came to play with me while their parents were out of town. The first ten minutes were splendid. No screaming, no urgent demands for gourmet food, and no poop on the dining table. Then all hell broke loose. Mr. Bill and the Waldorf doll opened the Crown Royal, the Potato Head cowboy seduced Ms. Carrot with chocolates and wine, and the runaway bunny ran away but his mommy didn’t care.
My boyfriend and I are talking movies.
Me: “What’s that film where Mira Sorvino plays the stripper?”
Him: “Marisa Tomei?”
Me: “Did I just say 'Mira Sorvino'?”
My 22-year-old daughter and I are on our way to dinner after her ice hockey game.
Me: “You know who played really well tonight?”
Me: “Um, you know, she’s a defenseman.”
Her: “Which one? Hailey?”
It's astonishing now to think back and recall myself in my 20s, and kind of mortifying, too. Because I thought I knew a lot back then. And I was absolutely right about some things. Two plus two, it turns out, does equal four. I was all over that one. But here are some theories I once believed to be true, and I'd walk around and say them out loud with certainty to anyone who would listen. Be happy you didn't know me.
Today I spent a decent portion of my morning in the waiting room of a lab at a medical facility. Typically when I need such services, I go in the afternoon but today I was feeling especially energetic and decided to bravely take care of business this morning. The waiting room was busier than I'd ever seen it. Nearly every chair held the rear end of a patient or loved one waiting with them. I signed in, sat down, and settled in for what was likely to be a bit of a wait. ...more
I tossed the entire manuscript into the fire… literally! Every page, every word… up in flames… without a backup any where to be found. The only words left of years of work are the few you will find posted on the “Sneak Peek” tab of my blog... www.debhathaway.com....more
Please understand that this is me and I enjoy what I do. Juggling my professional life, toy seller life and blog life can get kinda rough if you think about it. There have been times where I can’t place into words the wonderful things that are going on because I’m tied up.See what happened was…He had his toys picked out and paid for. I placed them in a plastic laundry bag from the room closet.“My room right!”...more
There are cat people and dog people. There are truck people and car people. There are city folk and country folk. There are wine drinkers and beer drinkers. The list goes on and on. Chances are you’ve already put yourself in one of the categories. Me? Well, I’m a wine drinking, car driving, dog loving country folk (ok...I'm on the fence in regards to city or country!)....more
In third grade at Ladue Elementary, Bryan Kratky gave up chocolate for Lent and stuck to it. I used to wonder why I have never forgotten this funky, niggling factoid. Why remember Bryan, first AND last name, when the rest of my class – other than our teacher, Miss Storer, who could whistle Happy Birthday – were a mystery by middle school?...more
I am at my mother’s condo, staying with her for the foreseeable as she recovers from her second hip replacement. And, since these are early days and Mama is kind of loopy on pain meds, I am responsible for pretty much everything, from helping her in and out of bed and fetching her hearing aid to adding ice to her occasional bourbon....more