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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...

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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 –...

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Negotiating With Toddlers

SCENE: INTERIOR OF A SUBARU STATION WAGON. TIME: 43 MINUTES UNTIL NAPTIME SARA: Ok bud, so what are we gonna do when we get home? CHARLIE: ummmm, wash our hands, brush...

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Best Shopping for Little Dudes

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a mother in possession of a daughter must have more fun shopping for baby clothes than a mother in possession of a...

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WANTED

WANTED Small criminal. Alias: Songbird Age: 4 months Appearance: Tiny. Last seen wearing a pink pony romper. Offences: bobbling around like a little pet, having the audacity to possess a passport, pronouncing “bye” like a southern...

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Mum

My mum is currently in the Cotswalds living out everyone's Bronte/Austen/Potter fantasy, and I miss her! I wrote this little piece about a rare moment in my adolescence during...

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When Friends Have Babies

My friend Steph recently had her first baby. Steph and I lived together during our twenties, when we made similarly half-assed attempts to become working actresses in New York....

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Serious Issues Involving Pasta

One of my all-time favorite conversational topics is food, and under the food category, nothing makes me happier than waxing poetic about pasta preferences. My sister and cousins (and...

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I Love When

We're driving through the UNH campus (to say hey to both the wildcat and the cardinal statues - a critical part of our drive-home-from-preschool-routine), and Charlie says the following...