The quickening. It’s what the pregnancy books call the moment when a soon-to-be mom is physically aware of the movements of her baby.     I remember a bubbly effervescence, a tiny tapping, a feeling akin to little butterflies launching. From that first motion on, parenthood became a quickening too. A series of moments accelerating. Too. Fast. My daughter is moving at warp speed. One minute she’s appearing on an ultrasound screen, a bouncy, blurry greyness that I hardly could… Read more »

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” ~Jim Rohn   A couple of days ago I stood next to the kitchen counter peeling a banana. I dropped the peel–and the stringy banana “hairs”– into our compost container. Then, without thinking, I broke off the end–a.k.a. the butt of the banana– and added it to the pile. I have no problem with the banana butt. But my son always has. When he was younger he wouldn’t… Read more »

This week my daughter and I hit the road for another college visit, but this time around we went to my (and my husband’s) alma mater. So surreal. We walked the campus and I pointed out the sights, each turn awakening old memories as if Zeus had bellowed, Release the Kracken! Because I relayed my ancient stories as we roamed the student center and shopped in the bookstore.  I showed her the places her dad lived, where I lived and… Read more »