Do the Next Thing

Towels, dishes, sandals, and all the other ordinary things in our lives reveal what we are made of more quickly than anything else. –Oswald Chambers It was the morning, which is when the contractions are least frequent but the fingers are most numb and time is the most scarce. The Kid was running around his familiar path: sidewalk, porch, and front yard, then a cutaway to the little hill on our neighbor’s side of the driveway ....more

Will Write for Attention

How long does it take culture shock to wear off?...more


The Kid sits still for circle time now. He does, however, have “trouble with transitions” according to his well-meaning teachers–which is really just a nice way of saying that he doesn’t like to be told what to do. When I asked about things we could be working on at home, and they provided this information, I had to laugh to myself....more

Will Write for Attention

They say that the world is run by C students. I’d like to postulate that it’s also run by extroverts–after all, they’re so much...more

Will Write for Attention

I don’t remember the first time I heard Joan Rivers crack a joke, but I’m pretty sure I remember my reaction: shock. And asking whether women were allowed to talk like that–whether...more

Page Breaks

Three years ago, I was washing these clothes for the first time. They were pristine, tags still on, and I imagined the tiny feet and arms that would fill them; admired the ducks and trains that decorated them. They were so...more

Will Write for Attention

‘Wh-what? Jack?” He grinned in the escaping light, and I wondered for a second if I had fallen asleep and was dreaming. Then he reached out and took my hand, pulling me to my feet ....more

Plus One

The moment occurred on I-85 somewhere between Atlanta and Montgomery, as The Kid and I headed west toward The Mom and Dad’s house for a few days while The Husband was away on a business trip. TK was talking to himself in the backseat, the radio was playing a good song, and everything (for a day that began in tears when I heard the door shut behind TH and feared being alone) just felt good. Peaceful ....more

Future Fulfillment

Man, you wouldn’t believe the most amazing things that can come from…some terrible nights. I spent my thirty-first birthday on a lovely toilet in Positano, Italy. I woke up that morning with a pain in my stomach, and by the time the four of us hit the beach, I knew things were headed downhill ....more

Will Write for Attention

A few months ago, I...more