I had a daughter once. At least that’s what my heart told me. A beautiful girl with no face, who would have been all that I am, and everything I’m not. Her name would have been Sophie. To this day, I don’t know why that name came to me. While lovely, I’d never paid it much consideration. Maybe it was a matter of “psychic roots” – the influence of coincidence and … [Read more...] about Her Name Would Have Been Sophie
When my niece was a little girl, she and her grandmother took the bus downtown for an appointment. I’ve heard the story so many times over the years, but in a nutshell, it goes something like this: My niece, who apparently was just learning the difference between girls and boys, waited until the bus was silent to point at a man standing in the aisle to say excitedly, “Look … [Read more...] about A Little Less Colorblind?
“No honey, you don’t have to sit on Santa’s lap,” I heard my husband tell our three-year-old son last week after they’d returned from the mall.There were two revelations I unearthed in my eavesdropping. The first was that my husband went to the mall. The second was the fact that somehow in the past few decades, it’s become an acceptable ritual for parents (at least those who … [Read more...] about Sitting on Santa’s Lap is a Seriously Strange Tradition
“If a kid hits you, walk away,” a mother said to her son one bright sunny afternoon at the park. “No,” another mom shook her head emphatically as the little boy walked back to the group of kids playing in the sand. “He should stick up for himself and hit back.” The first mom looked at her friend incredulously. “Hey, he needs to learn now so when the day comes he can protect … [Read more...] about To Defend or Protect? Teaching Kids to Deal With Conflict