Tag Archives: family history

Packing up

We are all at the lake for the May long weekend. My mom. My sister Joan and her family. Me. My girls. And my eldest daughter’s new partner, who has bravely taken on “meeting the family” in this rather intense, … Continue reading

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I go walking: Day’s end

I have finally touched down after ten days of swirling in a self-imposed tornado of Doing.  Too. Much. I knew I would overdo it, in the same way I know I will always eat just a bit too much at … Continue reading

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Aunt Molly’s School of Sensible Housekeeping

When I was in my twenties, new to a busy teaching career and newly married, I remember having a conversation about housework with an older colleague. The conversation went something like this: Me:      How do you ever manage to get everything … Continue reading

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Have a… Day

It’s complicated. And by “it” I mean families. Which is why I find the whole notion of “Mothers’ Day” and “Fathers’ Day” problematic. For some families, it’s an unnecessary guilt trip. I have a good relationship with my mother. Likewise I … Continue reading

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Plan B

The Daily Prompt wants me to “Tell us your funniest relationship disaster story.”  Hah! Technically, it wasn’t even a relationship, except perhaps in his imagination. But it was disastrously funny. I was 15, in grade ten. He was an “older … Continue reading

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…in an Oldsmobile

Twenty-four years ago today my Dad died. I still miss him. I wrote this piece shortly after his funeral. When my father bought the Oldsmobile it came with a cassette tape of assorted songs by popular artists– a demo for … Continue reading

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As someone who likes to write about  personal change, it would be hard for me to pass up a Daily Prompt about metamorphosis: “Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world … Continue reading

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