childhood in the 1980s

Playtime II

I experienced much of life at 10 Birch Drive as one half of a sister whole. Both of my parents are important influences, but in those days, they played...

hanging with the kiddoes

Revisiting Childhood Haunts

Even before I had kids, I was excited to bring them home, to my parents' house, the site of my childhood. What will they think of the pond edged with purple irises...

kids playing cute kids

Playtime – Part I

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson Wren and Charlie like to vroom cars up and down the arms of the couch. They...

kids books

Charlie, Corduroy, and Heartbreak

During breakfast yesterday, Charlie suddenly looked up from perusing Corduroy (everyone’s favorite tale of a bear and his lost button), chin trembling, eyes welling up, and said, “Mum –...

funny kids

I Love When

My toddler takes my half-baked life explanations at total face value. When driving past some sprawling roadwork along the highway that's been going on for months (huge mounds of dirt,...