Now I know why my heart is breaking

Now I know why my heart is breaking

I could feel myself tensing the last few days. My stomach was clenched, with an uneasy feeling. Some might call it dread. Why does it hit me so hard when my oldest child heads back to college? This is the tenth time I’ve said goodbye; you’d think I’d be used to it by...
Five reasons why OOPS is my favorite word

Five reasons why OOPS is my favorite word

I messed up today. A mom mess up. I got the frantic call from my son around 6:45 – just after I had declared it “sweats time” and myself done for the day, about to settle down for dinner, a glass of wine, and an episode of Mad Men. “The meeting for the music abroad...
I love being a mom

I love being a mom

My son gave me an emoticon pillow this morning. A smiley face, with hearts for eyes, and #1 Mom embroidered across the plush forehead. He also gave me a box of Nerds – because I always ask for a few of his and would never buy them for myself. I love being a mom. I...
How (and why) to be Mother of the Year

How (and why) to be Mother of the Year

I have a wonderful friend who says the most brilliant things. “Sometimes when I’m feeling down about how I’m showing up for my kids,” she said one day when we were running, “sometimes when I feel like I’m letting everyone down, or I’m just not nice to be around, or I...
I’m a good mother

I’m a good mother

Okay, this is hard to write. Years ago my husband said to me, “It’s as if you didn’t get enough love when you were a child, so you have an endless need for love and affection now.” At the time I was astounded with how much he understood me. It was like he found the...