Mom’s Mugs

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” – Proverb of Unknown Origin “Lack of storage space is the impetus for emotional breakthroughs.” – Me The small lower cabinet where I store surplus bottles of water, juice, and sports drinks waiting for their turn in the refrigerator was full. I’d reached the limit for the number of… Read More Mom’s Mugs

Mother’s Day Without A Mother Or A Child: A Conversation On Another Plane

Here we meet again. The three of us. Together only in my mind. Mom, you were given only 59 years on this planet before being called back to Heaven, but you made those years meaningful. You made an imprint on everyone who knew you. You spent 36 of those years raising me, protecting me, teaching… Read More Mother’s Day Without A Mother Or A Child: A Conversation On Another Plane

I’m A Youth Sports Success Story And My Parents Didn’t Morph Into Aliens To Make Me One

I played all my games on Earth. Now when I venture into the realm of youth sports, it sometimes feels like I’ve wandered onto another planet. My youth sports career… No, let’s not call it a career. Sports are not a kid’s job, they’re a life experience. My youth sports journey followed several distinct phases.… Read More I’m A Youth Sports Success Story And My Parents Didn’t Morph Into Aliens To Make Me One

Raggedy Ann To A Dracula Snoopy T-shirt The Evolution Of My Halloween

Who to choose for your kickball team? Grape or strawberry jelly? These are important decisions for a kid, but the most life-affecting decision a kid can make in elementary school? What to dress up as for Halloween. Months of agonizing debate and firing of ideas and creativity take place in the minds of young people,… Read More Raggedy Ann To A Dracula Snoopy T-shirt The Evolution Of My Halloween

Stand Up

The picture above is from my mom’s funeral program. The sentiment, “There are no other mommys like you.”, scrawled on the back of scrap paper and presented, no-doubt proudly, by a preschooler 35 years ago to her mom, is mine, but it is a sentiment felt by kids young and old about their own moms.… Read More Stand Up

A Tourist, A Chef, And A Dad With Questionable Judgment Walk Up To My Apple Trees…

If the title of this post sounds like the opening line of a joke, that’s because apple trees are funny. Well, not inherently, but place them in your private backyard next to a public sidewalk along a busy road and the comedy script writes itself. I feel like the punch line to this joke should… Read More A Tourist, A Chef, And A Dad With Questionable Judgment Walk Up To My Apple Trees…

Kind Sir, Get Your Hands Off My Apples

“Beautiful, night, isn’t it sweetie?”“Mm. Yes. That breeze? Refreshing.”“Feels like a perfect night to hop in the pickup and go steal another homeowner’s property, don’t you think?”“Ooo! Yes! Let’s do that! I’ll tell the kids to put their shoes on!” That’s what I feel the conversation must sound like every year when people around my… Read More Kind Sir, Get Your Hands Off My Apples