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    Sneaking Out the Back Door

    “Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”

    Kahlil Gibran

    Over the last month, it seems as though Fig has become more attached to me than usual. She’s sleeping through the night now and I’m down to only two breast-feeds […]

    Pesca-what?

    “We all love animals. Why do we call some ‘pets’ and others ‘dinner?’”

    k.d. lang

    I’m a pescatarian, which is basically a vegetarian who eats seafood. Ever since I was a child, I was bothered by the sight of meat on my plate, but I couldn’t articulate my feelings. I […]

    Feminine Fun

    “A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.”

    Bill Vaughn

    When Fig is too quiet, it usually means trouble. I was in Pip’s bedroom, assisting with her fifteenth costume-change […]

    Space

    “Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.”

    Paul Johannes Tillich, The Eternal Now

    Pip and I were snuggling together in bed one morning while Big-Daddy-O and Fig were getting a […]

    Lucky Button

    “We hippos love our belly-b’s, they’re round and cute and funny, and there’s a place we take them to when summer days are sunny.”

    Sandra Boynton

    Pip has always adored her belly-button. It’s an impressive, round ‘outey,’ and she rubs it to soothe herself. It came as no surprise, therefore, when […]

    Anger Plan

    “Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.”

    Lyman Abbott

    Pip surprised me the other day by stomping her foot on the floor when she was frustrated. It was a case of her not getting what she wanted, and instead of talking about […]

    Nostalgia

    “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.”

    Peter De Vries

    When we were in Vancouver the week before last, my husband and I were filled with memories of our lives in the city. For some reason, we were often compelled to share little snippets of our past lives with our daughters. […]

    Wanting

    “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Lately, it seems that many of Pip’s sentences begin with, ‘I want…’ We’re not sure where the ‘May I pleases,’ have gone, but we’re determined to […]

    Hallowe’en Quarantine

    “I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.”

    Author Unknown

    Is there anything more sad than kids being sick for a holiday? I remember having the mumps as a kid one Christmas, but I don’t think I was ever ill on Hallowe’en.

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    Poor Rubies

    “Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.”

    George Saunders

    I made a big mistake the other night. I took Fig’s diaper off and let her dance around the living-room in her birthday suit. It was just before the girls’ bath and she was only going to be naked for […]