Sarah Piazza

Sarah Piazza blogs at Slouching Past 40.  She is a freelance writer and Manhattanite born and bred (well, technically bred only -- she was born in Iran, which is a story in and of itself) who is currently living in a college town in Pennsylvania. She has adjusted, albeit reluctantly, to small-town life. She will admit to hoping that one day she won't run into at least three or four people she knows while shopping at the grocery store.

Sarah's two boys are Thirteen and Nine. Her husband is a professor, and the family is rounded out by the recent addition of Oscar, the bad luck (all black) cat.

Something that might surprise you about Sarah:  She can recite the first twelve lines of The Canterbury Tales in Middle English.

Feel free to contact Sarah at slouchingmom AT gmail DOT com.

When I Was 10, I Paid the Bills

It started when we -- my mother, brother, and I -- moved into an apartment. Up until that point we'd been living with my grandmother, and my mother hadn't had to be financially responsible for nearly ten years. (In truth, she'd never had to be financially responsible. In truth, she'd never had to be responsible.) She'd divorced my father and come to live with her mother, and there we'd stayed, through weeks that unnoticed and unmarked turned into months, then years. ...more
Wow, what an amazing article. I didn't deal with handling the money at a young age, and I ...more

Boys Have Body Image Issues, Too

Eight looks down at his legs, made pale and shimmery by the bath water.  He frowns.  "See my legs, here?" he asks.  And he points to his thighs, squeezes a bit of flesh.  "I do see them," I say."They are fat," he pronounces, certain as a policeman who stands, arms crossed, at your car door and demands your license.I protest.  "They are NOT.  At the doctor's you're always in the fiftieth percentile for weight -- just where you should be." ...more

I might be getting close to a...more teary time of the month...but this made me cry. It might be ...more