Don’t Wish it Away

Like a five-year-old child waiting to dive into a sea of birthday presents, I stared out the window in overzealous anticipation for the arrival of my daughter, Jenni.

Eight years ago, my second child decided to make a pit stop in San Diego on her way home from the University of Arizona. Instead of just visiting, she chose to grow roots, and became firmly planted. Fortunately, she saw the light and decided to move back to be with the ones who love her most– namely […]

The Art of Communication

As I stared at the lump of flesh passed out on the couch, the pressure within the magma chamber of my brain began to boil. Within seconds, my anger couldn’t be contained, and an explosive stream of words erupted over my sleeping child.

“Tim, I didn’t travel halfway around the world to watch you sleep!”

Slowly rotating his 6-foot tall frame, he pulled the blanket over his face and grunted a phrase I hadn’t heard in a long time, “Mom, relax! We have all day.”

Immediately, my […]

Forever the Child

“Now, Jackie,” my father began. “Remember to put the exact date in the upper right hand corner of the check. And, when you write the dollar amount on the second line, make sure it’s legible.”

Frustrated to hear this yet again, I did as I was told, biting my tongue. My mother always taught to be respectful to my elders, but sometimes he made it impossible.

“And don’t forget to put a stamp on the envelope.”

As I sucked in a deep breath, I released an exasperated […]