Category Archives: family value

Lifelong Friendship

At my second birthday party, Melissa wore a dress and a party hat and carried a red square purse. There is a picture of her standing amid the hubbub, her sweet face and ponytails very familiar to me. When my … Continue reading »

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Visiting the Holocaust Museum with my Son

You begin with a history of how it all came to be, the brilliant curation of exhibits backed by strategic lighting and design, height and weight and magnitude. You walk down, down, down into darkness as you enter the era … Continue reading »

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I Always Wanted 5 Kids

They sat around the table in my kitchen nook gobbling up the roasted potatoes, farmers market broccoli, salad, watermelon and hot dogs, laughing all the while. Then the boys took off for the basement and the Wii, while the girls … Continue reading »

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Last Day of Vacation

The sun is gleaming gold this morning and the house is silent. Dinner party last night with all the family around, celebrating my in-laws’ 50 years of marriage. Gold and yellow foods for the golden anniversary. And then, moonlight and … Continue reading »

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Starry, Starry Night

With the sky charcoal gray and the stars pinpoints of light across a huge canvas, we stood on the sand and watched the kids scatter across the beach for spotlight tag. Cousins – some biological, some inherited by marriage – … Continue reading »

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#MomOfTweens

Eye rolls. OMGs. Exclamations just because. Requests for Frappuccinos. In the car: he’s annoying me! She’s looking at me. He’s such a jerk.  I tagged the wrong place on the photo. I tagged the wrong photo. I looked at him … Continue reading »

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The Familiarity of Family

We sat on the deck, half the table bathing in late-day sunlight, the other half comfortable in shade. The kids cut through their steaks, cooked perfectly on the grill. I forked up salad in just the right amount of dressing. … Continue reading »

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The Books We Keep on a Shelf

When we moved into this house, we had more books than shelves to keep them on. We donated boxes, gave away the duplicates. Some are still in boxes – one in the dining room in the corner that we never … Continue reading »

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Welcome Home: Housewarming Party

For months we’ve been saying we would combine a housewarming party with the 4th of July, since our new house faces the golf course over which our city explodes fireworks every year. It felt like so far away, sometime out … Continue reading »

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Jews Send Our Kids to Overnight Camps

I am in peer pressure hell. Jews send our kids to overnight camp. It’s like a rite of passage, a given, a duh!, and if you don’t do it, you’re the odd mom out. My Gentile friends send their kids, … Continue reading »

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