I should probably introduce myself in the normal way. You know… Laced with some opening “Hi, how are you’s” and other such pleasantries. But I just can’t. I just can’t do it. I have to do me as me and write as I write. Here goes: Here I am. Doing what I do. It’s 10:00 […]
I’ve said before how much I like words. A few of my favorite happen to be, “aposiopesis,” “chicanery,” and “euphamism.” But don’t let the high-brow tongue-twisters fool you. I like the low-brow ones too. Sometimes there’s no other description for something other than a good, old-fashioned epithet. And let me tell you- I have never […]
What a great start. The morning was so full of hope… and promise. The two boys at home (after Josh left for his piano lesson) came down the stairs and each one curled up next to me on the couch and we looked at the twinkling Christmas tree lights. “I love you mom,” said Sam. […]
There is a point at which, (and for some of us that’s multiple times a day) we become acutely aware of our own idiosyncrasies. And nothing brings that into sharper focus than interacting with those from another culture.
Especially we Americans.
*Sam & TJ looking out the window to our front porch* Sam: “MOM LOOK!! THERE’S A CAT ON OUR FRONT PORCH!!” Me: “REALLY??? Let me see.” *I look out the window* Me: “Sam. That’s OUR cat. The one who has lived here for 13 years.” ***** I can’t explain this other than the cat doesn’t come out much because it doesn’t […]
*Me calling upstairs to Sam* “Hey Sam, what are you doing up there?”(I knew the answer I just needed a song and dance intro) *silence* Me: “Sam, bring you and your computer down here right now.”*Sam comes down looking guilty* Me: “Sam, you know the rules about your computer. You just broke them. That’s some big disobedience with consequences […]
This is David Lin, otherwise known as “Mr. Lin,” “Dr. Lin,” “Husband of Lin Hawthorne,” “Son of John and Sue Lin,” “Favorite Son-in-Law” of James and Susan Hawthorne and dad to “Josh, Sam, TJ and Rachel.” Oh… and “dog dad” to Timmy, Toby and Stetson. It’s his birthday today and he’s a lot of things: He’s […]
As part of our dinner entertainment tonight, Josh enthusiastically told us “YOU HIT A HOME RUN!!!!” He got down from the table, “ran the bases” around the island and did a victory dance by his chair. Meanwhile, the peanut gallery threw peanuts at us and declared in whiny voices “I don’t liiiiike it” and “I just […]
Hey neighborhood people, if you notice an 8 year old and 6 year old doing laps around the neighborhood, I told them they couldn’t come home until they chatted about one calling the other a “dumpster” and the one decking the other in the head. Do not call the cops (again) . They are not lost. They […]
I got to pick up Josh from baseball practice with zero other kids in the car because Dave got home in time to hold down the fort. These are precious times because I rarely get to be alone with my oldest. It was a hard day of momming because it’s the end of the week of […]
Just met another mom at the park. Some people you meet, you know are one-off friends. You have a pleasant, but polite conversation and you go your separate ways when it’s time for naps. This blessed mom walked right up to me and didn’t even TRY to fake that everything was fine and she was doing great. She […]