A Grasshopper, a Friend & the Mom Who Wanted Everyone to Shut Up!

Oh, shut up. That nasty little phrase can be on the tip of my tongue all day. Like a Tic Tac, a nasty milk-sour one, that just won't dissolve. I long to blurt it at everybody. Even the dumb squirrel pausing in the middle of the road, paws in air as if to make some terribly poignant point, so I must swerve to avoid smearing its bushy grey existence across the pavement. The too-eager restaurant water kids who can interrupt my own poignant point to ask if they can top off my water glass: Oh, shut up. ...more
Wonderful narrative on a situation that we have all experienced as moms... anyone who swears ...more

Want to be patient? Close your eyes

I am on all fours on the black gym mat, waiting for the yoga instructor’s next cue. I’m imagining I’m a table with delicate cup on my back.I must balance or it will fall apart.“Now raise your right arm straight in front of you, and your left leg straight behind you. Both should be parallel to your body,” he says.Now I’m a table with a flying arm and leg. It sounds relatively easy and yet I am wobbling, trying to find my balance....more

Who Does That?

That is a question I wind up asking myself just about everyday, and the answer is usually “crazy people”. Here’s my problem in life, I am just too observant. I try to tell myself that I should just go through life oblivious to others, but for me that is next to impossible....more

Note to self: Patience

The day after Christmas, I wrote a blog entry ("The post-Christmas challenge") prompted by the good manners and kind gestures I was seeing all around me....more
Patience is a wonderful thing and it is a definite thing that I need to remind myself of time to ...more

The Weight of Words

I love Erma Bombeck and I miss her.  I will be sad when I can’t find any more of her quotes to use in my sidebar.  The one I just posted brought me to tears as I remembered the more trying years of my motherhood: “Good kids are like sunsets. We take them for granted. Every evening they disappear. Most parents never imagine how hard they try to please us, and how miserable they feel when they think they have failed.” Erma Bombeck (U.S. humorist, 1927-1996)...more

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Help, I’m Totally Frazzled!

I would like today’s Blog to address a comment a friend of mine made to me the other day. It went something like this: “Erica, I have to tell you, I’m losing my patience.  I’m yelling at my kids a lot lately.  I can’t remember the last time I sat on the floor with them to do a puzzle. I’m short tempered with my husband. I’m pulled in a million different directions, and I’m completely frazzled!”...more