I know it's supposed to be a compliment, but it never fails to make me cringe. I mean, honestly, there is no good answer to this phrase, usually thrown out by older women to younger women.
It was Sunday. No matter how many time we try to prepare Benji, my 8-year-old autistic son, for communion Sunday, it always catches him off-guard. Despite all our preparations, he was in a mood from the moment we walked in the door.
I’m on the subway this morning. As usual, it’s crowded. I’m standing with my fellow commuters, shoulder to shoulder, and uncomfortably close. I start to feel someone’s eyes on me, so I look up. A large woman with a shaved head is staring at me. Hard.I look down. Did I step on this woman’s foot when I got on the train and not realize it? Is she now grilling me because she is plotting her revenge? I briefly look up again. Yep, still staring. Now she’s talking to her friend about me. ...more
It all started with four simple words from the soft-spoken young cashier at the grocery store as she rang through the eclectic assortment of foodstuffs I'd chosen to carry my husband and I through a quiet New Year's Eve at home.
"I like your hair," she said shyly.
In one of those little, temporary lulls halfway through a meeting, one woman tapped another on the shoulder and whispered, “Great boots!” Yeah, that put a smile on the face of the one who was decked out in the great boots. There are two points we can draw from that conversational fragment: 1) Oh, how the mind can wander in a meeting! 2) Don’t be stingy with your compliments! ...more
You can find serenity in having compliment day with your family. Sometimes, when there is more than one child in a family, sibling rivalry occurs and the children will bicker and argue with each other. Often when that bickering and arguing occurs, it tends to drive a mother off the ledge into insanity. Or perhaps that is just at my house. I am the mother of four children ranging in age from 17 to 5....more
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