The Purple Scar

If anything can trump everything, we are pushed into punishment. My stomach twisted in fret like it did on the way up the first hill of the tallest roller coaster in the world When I was ten-years-old. I wasn’t ready to face that fear then, nor was I prepared to hear the Elementary School Principal’s voice on the other end of the line now….

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The Favorite

“I can’t believe this is not even a dream.” Lauren tugged her seat-belt around her neck to click it fastened without breaking her gaze with the fluffy ball of puppy sitting on my lap as we drove out of the school pick up line. After years of campaigning, Cherry the golden-doodle had just made Lauren’s long awaited puppy dream come true. “I can’t believe…

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The Over-Answerer

Solutions are revealed through noise, and hidden in the slow silence of subtlety. “Lo, you can’t cheer in flats.” I harped. “UUUGGGHHHH!!!!” She exasperated as she stomped off to change her shoes. “Mom…” My oldest began…and then I really can’t tell you what she said after that. It was too long and drawn out, and I didn’t have the capacity to digest it as…

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“Chicky”

“Mommy!!!!” my daughter squeaked with joy, “Can we please take Chicky home?” On our annual fall trip to Amish country, my daughters cannot wait to jump out of the car and play with the animals at the farm we visit.  Brianne has a giant tender spot in her heart for animals, and as precious as it is, we cannot adopt every animal she wants…

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The Lines

I cut the lawn the other day. Not a huge event, I realize.  With both of my kids in school all day for the first time, I fully admit I’ve been on the edge of a full-scale meltdown since they skipped happily down the hallway together that first day. Knowing myself well and prepared for the meltdown to ensue, I made a list of…

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