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Sunlight and Shade

Feb
2012
29

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I’m looking at a picture of a shadow.  A plant sits on a ledge outside a yellow house – a little plant in a plastic bucket casting its broad-leaved shadow on the plaster wall.  Around the corner, kids sit in the shade of the porch, lean legs stretched out or bent with arms resting on […]

Unstuck

Feb
2012
22

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Today is Ash Wednesday. Honestly, I have never been a fan of Lent.  In the past I’ve given up things here and there, but it was mostly because I like a challenge.  That’s not a very good reason for practicing what is supposed to be a spiritual discipline.  Also, while I realize my theologian friends […]

Arms and Ashes

Feb
2012
19

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When we brought our daughter home from the hospital, it was a long, dark night.  I remember thinking that I would probably never sleep again.  I kept sitting up, trying not to use my recently caesareaned stomach muscles, to peer over the wicker sides of the bassinet.  I worried about her breathing.  I was worried […]

Cracked

Feb
2012
15

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My daughter’s piggy bank broke today.  The pink ceramic one she got before she was born – a shower gift that matched her bedroom and had a few coins in it to start her savings.  It slipped out of her hands and cracked open, innards spilled out, unpainted enamel and copper and silver strewn across […]

More

Feb
2012
13

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My daughter wears tutus over jeans. When she falls down, she has been known to say, “Ouch! Let’s put on a dress and feel better.”  She thinks it is fun to try on sparkly shoes at the mall.  She’s worn the same ballerina princess outfit for three days straight. This was a big fear of […]

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I love leaving the house in winter. Let me rephrase that: I love the idea of leaving the house in winter.  In reality, it is a long, tedious process of potty and hats and boots and coats and zippers and mittens, all while one child or the other is talking loudly or removing a mitten […]

Net Balls

Feb
2012
08

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Once there was a girl who tried volleyball.  She didn’t really know anything about volleyball.  But there were no cuts, and she thought it might be fun, and her friends were joining the team so she did too. She attended every practice.  She did every drill.  She was easily distracted and she talked too much, […]

Trust Me

Feb
2012
05

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My daughter has been trying out big-kid phrases lately.   Right now, she’s on a “Trust me!” kick.  Whenever she asks to do something and doesn’t like my response, she sighs, slumps her shoulders, slinks away and growls in annoyance, “Trust me!”  She’s not actually beseeching me to trust her – she just hasn’t learned the […]