Director to Spectator

Photo: I name this photo “doin’ too much” and “stupid mistakes are stupid.”   I ran a meeting on Monday night and I thought that during the general discussion portion of the meeting I could quickly cast on a sock. The ball of yarn above is one of those “unravel from the middle” gigs, and…

Of Bystanders and Participants

  I am raising boys of privilege. Yes, they are of color, too, so they won’t get the full weight of the benefits that entails… but they are boys living as privileged a life as I can give them. They benefit from highly educated parents. They benefit from a safe, well-resourced community. They benefit from…

Missed the Mark

Photo: The shame, Dear Reader… the shame of this right here…   I woke up this morning to a cool, cool house and I declared it, finally, baking season. I was like, the boys have the day off and they are in trouble (I’ll get to that in a second), so I ain’t goin’ nowhere. Today is gonna…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Power of Yes

Photo: The opening moments of a major project.   I confess to a little bit of residual Mom Guilt from last school year. I really didn’t feel good about how the year ended. The summer looming, there was an acceleration to all things in anticipation of “everybody leaving” for summer life. I was… not my…

This Introvert Went to Back to School Night

Photo: Sweet child of mine… Lordy.   Things I thought tonight during Back to School Night: There are too many names. There is too much going on. Can’t these children be in school for a while before I have to come in? This is such a rush and not in a fun way. Oh no, there…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Breakaway

Photo: Ursa Major testing out his new school shoes…   Last Sunday, we got up, had breakfast, and went to the shoe store for the last back-to-school purchase we needed to make. Since Stride-Rite closed its physical stores, this shoe thing has been less fun than it used to be. However, we’ve made do, and…

And So, We Begin Again

Photo: Obligatory first day of school photo with obligatory too-cool poses from my 6 year-old. “Babies, can you just stand there and be cool so we can take a normal picture, please?” Minor: “What? We’re awesome. This is what awesome looks like!” Lord in Heaven, someone save me and these children.   I just want…

[Quiet Thoughts] of Open Minds

Photo: I sincerely believe that planting our garden was the best thing we’ve ever done as parents. Every sprout, every leaf, every flower, and every delicious product is a wonder, a miracle and a joy. We have pumpkins for the first time ever and the vines are glorious and interesting and we love them. I’ve never…

[Quiet Thoughts] Just Roll With It (Reprise)

Photo: I was chaperone on Ursa Major’s field trip to the Boston Children’s Museum today. I decided to drive to the T and then take the train the rest of the way in. The walk from South Station to the Museum is pretty painless! On the way, we encountered a little public art and Major…

Little Bears in the Big City

Photo: Two little boys observing safe sea creatures to touch and such. Walking into the aquarium for free is joy enough. Being able to share a morning at the aquarium with a dear friend and her son makes it infinitely better.   Ask and you shall receive, ya’ll. I wrote my whiny post on Monday…