Prepare and Protect

Seven years ago Hans stared at the newborn in his arms and held back tears. His son rested with his eyes closed and wore a hand knitted miniature cap to keep his bald head warm.  It was the most wonderful moment of Hans' life. "I am going to protect you from and prepare you for … Continue reading Prepare and Protect


Rhymes for the Tough Times – 2

I enjoy kid tv shows that use rhymes or song to impart lessons to the child viewer. I thought perhaps I could add some that parents could use time and time again to get the point across.   Don't chew your shirt It's full of dirt You eat it more And I'll double your chore … Continue reading Rhymes for the Tough Times – 2


Halloween fast approaching the family went shopping To the department store for some costume aisle hopping! The kids bounced around and saw Star Wars and Rangers PJ Masks, Teen Turtles and Titans, a unicorn and a hot dog too So many choices! They talked in raised voices! The parents kept back and whispered and joked … Continue reading Overheard

Chore Time Surprises

Like every day, this one started far too early.  Sebastian had chores to complete, work to prep for and kids to help ready for their own adventures.  Morning turned to afternoon, afternoon to early evening and the family had reassembled for dinner, chores and pre-sleep activities. The main activity being cleaning.  Sebastian wanted his children … Continue reading Chore Time Surprises

Back to School Night

Still new to the concept, Winston and Wilma were nervous about their role in back to school night.  Will and Winnie, their adorable twins, were entering the second grade.  Tonight was meant for kids to catch up after the longest summer of their lives and for parents and teachers to connect and express concerns. Winston … Continue reading Back to School Night

Edgar Wants to Read

It was decreed not through proclamation or statement, but action.  Edgar Trippe was going to read a book.  The feat had proved impossible for years.  Cats, babies, text messages, emails, DMs, IMs, OMs, GMs, and other attention-demanding people, places, and things were ever present and rarely afforded the time he so craved to immerse himself … Continue reading Edgar Wants to Read