View from the Empty Nest: All Alone but Not Lonely

Among the books I have read lately are a few about people who are bedridden. One of them was about a woman who was mysteriously ill, another about one who merely wanted attention, and a third about a man who lay dying, looking back on his life.

All of the people in these books spun a rich life inside their heads that made the time alone pass quickly. Days flew by as they reminisced about long-ago luncheons with their friends (every sip of champagne remembered, every morsel of food); days spent in the arms of lovers, or simply the butterflies they chased. Their inner lives were absolutely fascinating.

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Dancing Chocolate Cake

As I watched Jay grow from infancy to age seventeen, I expected (without realizing) that she would evolve into a version of me. That is not the case. Jay is Jay: unexpected, confident, wise, mature, funny, and surprisingly selfless.

Jay and I went to a Sheryl Crow concert recently. Jay went because she knows that I like Sheryl Crow, whose music makes Jay sick. Literally. For years running, I listened to Sheryl Crow on our annual road trip from wherever we were living to my extended family’s cabin in Montana. Since Jay frequently experiences motion sickness, she developed an association over the years. Play a few measures of “Soak up the Sun,” and Jay starts feeling queasy.

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Ever notice that your children have NO sense of urgency when you need them to hurry, but if they decide they’d like another waffle while you’re in the bathroom it’s a matter of life or death?

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Question of the Day. Which do you hate more: peeling and chopping onions, or peeling and chopping garlic?

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New Year’s Resolution #1024: Teach kids how to make their own lunches. And, while we’re at it, breakfasts and dinners, too.

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View from the Empty Nest: The Winter Doldrums

I would like to suggest that we move the holidays to February. I know that all of you will agree with me if you just listen to my logic where this is concerned.

First of all, I am not sure (although I am no religious scholar, let’s just put that right out on the table) that there is irrefutable truth about just exactly when all of the historical events that mark all of our religious holidays actually happened. And if you take the multitudes of religions observed in the world, the events are almost too numerous to count. So observing them in February wouldn’t make a lot of difference, would it?

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New Year’s Resolution #612: Give myself at least 3 more minutes in the morning to pack the kids lunches, write their notes and make sure their homework is done. (In other words, double the time I leave myself now.)

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