Months ago, Littlest asked what color I thought her heart was. Because I am a very good mother and because she was playing with My Little Ponies, I knew she really meant: If people had hearts like ponies have cutie marks, what would mine look like, Mom? Bright pink with a band of pure gold, I … [Read more...] about We Get to Dig for Diamonds
All around me, things glitter. My daughters dive into three Christmas totes, each large enough to fit a whole tree. But the tree has already been unpacked from its cardboard box; these oversized Rubbermaids are stuffed with a horde of other accessories. The girls squeal as they pull treasures … [Read more...] about Letting Go
September 2016 I stand at the edge of the dance floor under a big white tent on a beach. Everyone is glittering and the newlyweds just glow. I watch bright smiles and eyes brimming with a hope so strong it feels as if it were a hot air balloon about to lift the couple up. Friendly strangers … [Read more...] about Why Can’t You Dance?
A few Octobers ago, I ran a half marathon. I trained all spring and summer and fall; got shinsplints and damaged cartilage in my knee, ran until my toenails cut my skin and I bled into my shoes. I wore a brace under summer dresses and ate glucosamine daily. I liked to run in the morning before my … [Read more...] about Only That Sunrise