The lessons of Soul Surfer, as interpreted by my daughter

October 3, 2011

Tessa, Reed and I are watching Soul Surfer, a DVD that Tessa picked out from the local Redbox with Daddy while Mommy was out of town. They’ve already watched it but we see it again together. It’s a feel-good movie with heartwarming moments of triumph over adversity and portrayal of family unity and support, and […]

Sister throws brother under bus

July 13, 2011

One of Grandma Marshmallow‘s favorite places on the planet was her family cottage on the cape. She brought her children there as a young mom, and this is where my husband learned to swim from his grandfather, Grandma Lisa’s brilliant and reportedly eccentric father. The cottage is teeny — barely 750 square feet split between […]

If wishes were horses

September 16, 2010

Lynne stood near a pile of horse manure, leaning on a fence post, flies zooming around her in the late-afternoon sun. She squinted her eyes and watched the creatures before her, a lump in her throat and tears threatening to overflow her eye sockets. She sighed away the feeling of being consumed, which had come […]

The night my house broke up with me

July 8, 2010

It was a dark and stormy night. Actually, it was a frigid January night, and all the homes in our old neighborhood were shut tight. As tight as the skin on Joan Rivers’ face. I was in the bathroom bathing the kids, then ages 4 and 2. Roger was out of town and not due […]