Halloween–why you gotta be so mean?

Halloween has an identity crisis. If I go uptown to my local Trunk or Treat event tonight, I’ll see cute little pirates and princesses all lined up with their pumpkin-shaped candy buckets. Parents will have infants and toddlers decked out as baby animals or pint-sized superheroes. It’ll be a-freaking-dorable....

Peaks (and valleys)

I have been under the suspicion for some time now that I peaked in my 30’s. However, lately it’s become more and more evident, and soon I’m no longer going to be able to plead ignorance about it. It’s hard to argue that my 30’s didn’t fare better than...

Time keeps on slipping (into the future)

Damn you, Time. You’ve done it again. Slipped away when I wasn’t paying attention — AGAIN. (If you hadn’t already figure this out, I’m not very good at paying attention because this seems to happen to me a lot.) I just read an article which discusses how physics is...

“A mom of a man”

Friends, for five months I have been able to say that I am a mom of all teenagers, but now I find myself on the eve of yet another milestone. Tomorrow, at exactly 6:20 p.m. to be precise, I will no longer have three teenagers. And just like that...

Teens, You Can Trick-or-Treat at My House

It seems that every Halloween, the debate over “how old is too old to go trick-or-treating” resurfaces, and people start taking sides, engaging in online discussions about what will happen if we let middle school and high school students dress up and ask for candy on Beggar’s Nights. This...

The Accidental Octogenarian

I’m officially 80 years old. I must be. There’s no other explanation for what happened this week. There I was, walking down the hall before school, like any other day, innocently heading to the teacher’s lounge to score me some of that gourmet Folgers or Yuban community coffee (whatever...

The Stress of Going Back to School

So that’s it. Gone are the days of elementary school conferences and cookie dough fundraisers. I’m officially the mom of a middle school, a high school and a college student. Boy #3 turned 13 a few weeks ago, so I’m a full-fledged mom of teens — until January when...

Awkward Phase — The Sequel

I think I’m going through an awkward phase. Most people attribute the “awkward phase” to something that happens to kids teetering on the verge of puberty, and I most certainly experienced the awkward phase back then. For me, it was 6th grade. While most of the other girls were...