My husband is at the DMV taking both the written and the behind the wheel portions of his driver's test. I am not married to a 16-year-old; rather, this is happening because my husband's been driving our family minivan without a license for the last four years.
We had planned to go hiking and grill out with our two young daughters today. We both work full-time and the two of us rarely have a free day that aligns. But he told me over breakfast that he had to go handle this—previously, we'd both found out at a court date for a previous traffic violation that his driving privileges had actually [...]
The other day my 15-year-old daughter and I were discussing her top choices for colleges, and she breezily mentioned that she didn't want to make the mistake of ending up like her poor uneducated parents.
This comment thrown out so casually shook me. And, mind you, spoken from our hilltop home with the vast ocean view. Rented, yes, but we do live here, thank you very much.
But let me start at the beginning. I wasn't university material. My teachers told me I'd do great if I just applied myself, but I didn't have the patience or drive to seriously consider college. The vague marketing and business majors [...]
There are a million things I meant to do on Sunday.
I meant to write letters to the women who raised me. I meant to buy cards — a half dozen, a dozen, a discount gross — for the mothers of my high school best friends, for my second grade reading teacher, my speech coach, my high school English and religion teachers, my principal, women who'd taught workshops on meditation and leadership I'd attended in college, my class dean, my boss at my first terrible job out of college, my accountant, my department chair, a handful of therapists. All the women who've taken me in, taught me manners ("you were pretty much [...]