Posts Categorized: Family

Let’s Try Again

My move to Santa Fe is not about having a new address.  It is about embracing a new life.  It is making peace with the past and moving unencumbered into the future. This weekend, I got an opportunity to do that.  At a family wedding, I saw many old friends whom I had lost touch… Read more »

Beware of Hot Pink!

My three-year-old granddaughter asked me what was my favorite color on her new quilt.  I pointed to the petals of a flower and said, “This one.  It is called hot pink.”  A few minutes later she said, “Ouch! My elbow hurts!”  When I asked what happened, she said that she burned her elbow on the… Read more »

In Awe of Newness

This is what I love about kids: they are in awe of everything.  A baby is fascinated with his foot that seems to be connected to a body that seems to be his.  Tasting a carrot for the first time brings wonderment to his mouth beyond anything that he has ever experienced.   A cup… Read more »

They Are Watching Us!

Researcher and author, Dr. Brene Brown, wrote “The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto” which lays the groundwork for successful parenting.  Whether you have children or not, we are all children, and we know how the guidance of caring, conscious parents can encourage our development into adults who make healthy choices from a core belief of worthiness. Here… Read more »

Birthday Wine and Surprises

Yesterday I forgot that it was my birthday.  It was only when I checked my phone for messages that I remembered.  I was preoccupied with a morning meeting, another frozen pipe and an hour to shower and pack before heading to the airport to visit my son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren for the weekend.  Yet amidst… Read more »

A Gift for Both of Us

My daughter was cleaning out her room to get ready for my move to Santa Fe.  She had collected so much stuff!  Her “maybe” pile from last month became today’s “give away” pile.  The framed print of an ivy covered stoop in Italy went into the give away pile while her green, velvet ice skating… Read more »

The Chocolate of Now

Luckily I will be able to sleep tonight.  That’s my deadline to finish a project that I have been working on for months.  Only fifteen more minutes to go until it is done. My husband and I took huge amounts of pictures of our family growing up.  They are in the original camera store envelopes… Read more »

No Need for Therapist

My son and daughter-in-law have a system.  When their almost-three-year-old daughter misbehaves, instead of reprimanding her as a person, they say that she made a bad choice.  She has to go to Time Out against the wall and count to ten.  When she comes back into the family social place, she has to say what… Read more »

Dying is Okay

Today I went to see my 96-year-old mother-in-law who is bedridden, barely able to move and living with Alzheimer’s.  I went to say good-bye.  I thought that this might be the last time that I saw her.  I wanted closure and to know that for one last time I told her that I loved her… Read more »

Thanksgiving and Family

As this Thanksgiving weekend comes to an end, I am stuffed…with appreciation for my family. We spent three days together at my sister’s rural home in Pennsylvania, preparing food, sharing stories, playing games and washing endless dishes. From my coveted inflatable mattress on the floor, I cuddled with my grandchildren at sunrise and sipped hot… Read more »