I thought I would be at my hermitage for a week end retreat today. I reserved it soon after the election. This was my first free week-end and I knew I’d need it by now. I do but I’m not there. Last night a friend called. Her husband was put on life support and she’s given permission to take him off. “I need you.” I didn’t tell her my plans, how happy I was leaving work that day knowing the next morning I would escape for three days of quiet, walks in the woods, time to sleep, read, think,…Continue
"Baby Naps" Memoir
My mother gave me a subscription to Parents…Continue
My daughter is making Thanksgiving dinner today. Her homeschooled children helped create the menu and were up early helping. I can smell it from my bedroom. I've been on Facebook reading "Happy Thanksgiving" greetings from friends amidst posts about Standing Rock. My son-in-law will go there tomorrow. My nine-year old grandson told me that last night when I got home. "Hopefully he won't get arrested, but..." He shrugged and smiled his hope this will not be what I am afraid it will…Continue
I called him "Daddy" when he taught me to ride a bike, and baited my fishing hook because I heard the worm scream, and whisker-scratched me good night. I still called him Daddy when he talked about his college track days and set up the high jump in the yard. I have my mother's short legs instead of his long ones. He set the bar so I could execute a clean jump. "Good job, Punky. Now, a little higher."
At bedtime, we asked questions. "Daddy, how does an…Continue