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There's Love in This Dance
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There’s Love in This Dance

On a given weekday, I deploy from bed once my gentle alarm app ignites the flashlight feature on my cell phone, activating something like a bat signal on my ceiling in an otherwise pitch-dark room. The chirping birds that are integrated into the alarm cue their wicked levels of perpetual happiness louder and louder. Because the closest outlet is beside my bookshelf two feet…

February 14, 2018
Johnny and Papa Meet Mama
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Johnny and Papa Meet Mama

There is a toddler song called “Johny Johny Yes Papa” that is often an appendage of a nursery rhyme video cluster that my children watch on YouTube through children’s music provider ChuChu TV. The song lyrics detail a short verbal exchange between a child named Johnny and his father. The conversation begins with the father approaching…

December 6, 2017
Shoppers On a Stage
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Shoppers On a Stage

This past week, the hubs and I attended our first holiday lunch occasion with Jrue. I, for one, had moderate expectations; I didn’t expect the food to be postcard-worthy, nor did I look forward to any singularly fascinating conversation, though, I knew it would be, in…

November 19, 2017
Tattle Tales and Lies
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Tattle Tales and Lies

I hear a knock against Jrue’s bedroom wall followed by a roar of anger. Short silence follows. Then, Jrue appears in my bedroom door as I am calmly folding laundry. “Mommy?” he questions. I am amused at the conversation to follow, but hides the smile threatening to break out under a mellow…

November 8, 2017
My Son Can Smell Me
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My Son Can Smell Me

My preschooler boy is my biggest fan on Earth. I don’t think I will ever-again come across a kid who’d sacrifice his own conveniences for me, who would much rather remain uncomfortably in mannequin-still place if it meant sitting next to mommy. Jrue will squeeze into the tiniest spaces, the…

October 1, 2017
The 4-Year Hour of a Picky Eating Preschooler
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The 4-Year Hour of a Picky Eating Preschooler

My son never stopped being a picky eater. It was something he was supposed to have outgrown, I thought, once he started school. His pickiness was a temporary phase, one that would end just as soon as he understood the anguish of hunger pangs.  Since I last wrote nine months ago about the saga in…

September 27, 2017
We Dance On Most Days
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We Dance On Most Days

This is not a hyperbole. It may be assumed that I am exaggerating because I am an imaginative writer, able to hopelessly wander into idyllic fancies on a whim. In the utmost spirit of assurance, I utter these words with the finest intent to…

September 13, 2017
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My Daughter is Grosser Than Yours

My toddler girl is the grossest kid I have ever met. She is a slimy, sticky, slippery hunk of chewing, crunching craziness that I used to mind rather greatly, but am now temporarily, if not atypically, accepting. More than likely, I may be encouraging…

September 5, 2017