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On love & perserverance

Parenting promises free lessons in perseverance. They say pick your battles and I do but some struggles are non-negotiable. Like teaching my kids German. When my son was an infant my mother pulled me aside, urging me to commit to pass on our native tongue. My parents not being able to communicate with my husband […]

What I like about my life, right now

On Tuesday the kids toilet was clogged again which is nothing new but this time the flusher handle got stuck and water kept flowing. By the time I heard water running, the whole bathroom was flooded and toilet tears were pouring through the ceiling onto the kitchen island. The kids were enamored with our indoor waterfall while we raced […]

Mommy, can you play with me?

“Mommy, can you play with me?” “Not right now.” ‘Not right now’ has become my standard answer, it sounds a little softer than a ‘No’ but essentially means the same thing. I am embarrassed to admit that the question alone annoys me a little because, come on, who has time to play on the floor…. […]

When being needed feels overwhelming

Do you ever feel valued because someone else needs you? I do. Sometimes ‘I need you’ means you would rather share your heart with me than anyone else. Your vulnerability moves me and I run towards you shouting: Yes, yes, everything I have to give is yours. Do you ever feel resentful because someone else […]