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Those Girls Got Game Print E-mail
Friday, 22 November 2013

Thursday afternoons often find us at the school playground after school, and yesterday was no exception. Determined to enjoy the mild weather before last night’s storm moved through, we hung around for a while, snacking and playing with friends. Or I should say, I sat on a bench and basked in the sun while the girls played with friends.

And some not-so-friendly people.

Maddie and her friend Elise found two older boys – fifth graders!- on one side of the playground, tossing a football back and forth. At first the girls just watched the boys play, but after a couple minutes the girls wanted to see if they could join in.

“Hey, can my friend and I play?”

No answer.

“Would you two like to play with us? We like football, too!”

Now not only were the boys ignoring the girls, they were ridiculing them. “Hey, dude, don’t let the girls play! Girls can’t play football! Don’t let them join in! Girls stink at sports!”

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The Girl's Got Priorities Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Yesterday I told the girls I was going grocery shopping and would be buying for next week, when they’re out of school and on Staycation.

Me: Is there anything special you’d like me to make sure we have in the house for next week’s Staycation?

Maddie: Jellybeans and bacon. The good bacon, from the farmer, not the junk from the supermarket.

A girl after my own heart. I love this on SO many levels.

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Feelng The Crush Print E-mail
Monday, 18 November 2013

I’ve always resisted the Christmas season starting earlier and earlier every year – I’m a decorate-the-tree-on-the-24th kinda girl. And by 24th, I don’t mean “of November”.

But now that I’m a mom and my life is more complicated, I find November to be my biggest crunch month – the month when I do all the running around and shopping and prepping and pre-holiday stuff. Not that I’m dying to start singing Christmas carols: it’s just that I resent having my entire December taken up with busyness, and I try to get some of that out of the way now.

For one thing, we mail off probably a dozen large boxes of gifts to out-of-town friends and family: close friends we’ve stayed in touch with over the years; family members in various states; missionary friends we want to encourage with a taste of home for the holidays – that sort of thing. So I’ve got to have gifts ordered, delivered, wrapped, and ready to go in early December.

Plus, of course, the massive amount of baking I do for my friends and family. Gotta have that done for the boxes, too.

Then you add in end-of-semester shows for my students, waaay too many Nutcrackers to attend for my other students, school parties, teacher gifts, neighborhood parties – the list is endless.

And we can opt out, clearly, of many things. But even after opting out of what feels optional, we’re still left with a large pile of things we want to do and only a few weeks in which to do it.

So I’m in high holiday gear here, acutely aware of the fact that Thanksgiving’s NEXT WEEK PEOPLE and then it’s three weeks to Christmas.

Let the hyperventilating begin.

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Pre-Emptive Loneliness Print E-mail
Friday, 08 November 2013

My mother left Thursday morning for a week in her old hometown and a high school reunion.

The girls began working on her “welcome home” banner Wednesday night.

Yes, before she’d left.

Can you say “attached”?

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Never Ask A Kid A Question . . . Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 November 2013

Once a month I come in and teach a little art appreciation class to my daughters’ classes. The whole thing is already put together for me, and I just have to show up and interact with the kids. Being somewhat (ahem) comfortable on the stage, I enjoy these opportunities to engage with the children.


Yesterday I taught a class on Pop Art, and threw out several questions, as is my wont. After two years of teaching this course, you’d think I’d have learned – don’t ask them a question that might have more than one answer.

Here’s a sample. Enjoy.

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