Category: Mama Drama

Where to go when I have something to say about what it's like to parent a teen. Which is either nothing, or a lot, on any given day.

Time to Let Her Fly: My Last Leaves the Nest

Time to Let Her Fly: My Last Leaves the Nest
My daughter is headed off to college in less than a week. This experience is not unfamiliar. I’ve done it twice before with each of my sons. Scary, wondrous, painful and exciting all at the same time, watching your kids take flight is both exhilarating and bittersweet. It can make you burst with pride and... Read more »

Um, So I Read These Essays: What My Mother and I Don't Talk About

Um, So I Read These Essays: What My Mother and I Don't Talk About
Talk about awkward. When I finished reading “What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About,” a compilation of essays, I wasn’t sure how to approach my typical review – after all, the theme – things unspoken between a mother and child – practically begs the question, “Well? And you?” It would have been a review for... Read more »

I Lived, I Loved: When You Read This by Mary Adkins

I Lived, I Loved: When You Read This by Mary Adkins
Sometimes, the best kind of time is forced down time. A wee family emergency over the weekend spun up into three days of back and forth between home and hospital (Everyone’s just fine, thank you) and while working remotely is and was doable, there are places where a book is just better than a laptop. I... Read more »
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50 Thoughts: What's Next

I’m here at the 40s finish line awaiting my a-ha moment. Waiting, waiting, waiting …. If I could hope for “what’s next” as some of life’s larger priority’s creep closer to the rear view mirror, it would be for me to let go of that always present sense of waiting. I’ve danced around the topic... Read more »

50 Thoughts: The Best Part So Far

All these thoughts before 50 and the one thing I haven’t really talked about is the best part of my life up until now. These kids of mine. I mean, yeah, the ’80s were great and the music from that decade will forever be the soundtrack of my life. And I found myself a super... Read more »

50 Thoughts: An Open Letter to Congress

Dear (Our Do-Nothing) Congress, I’m just going to take a night out from my 50 Thoughts about life in general to direct a singular thought in your direction. You are failing. Yep, I’m a tree-hugging liberal Democrat that believes in a woman’s right to choose, equal access to the best public education has to offer,... Read more »
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50 Thoughts: Past Self Meets Future Self And is Still a Snazzy Dresser

50 Thoughts: Past Self Meets Future Self And is Still a Snazzy Dresser
This is the blog post where my hoarding pays off. It’s interesting, as this milestone birthday approaches, to look around and realize you aren’t necessarily what you thought you’d be when you were younger. Or, that you are the things you swore to avoid. I will say, for starters, that I would kill for those... Read more »

50 Thoughts: The First Last of the Firsts ...

The thing about pushing 50 is you start to realize you’ve covered a lot of territory. It’s obvious, right? After all, YOU’RE 50. Of course. You been to school. You’ve dated. Maybe you’ve married. You’ve had kids. And unless you’re Janet Jackson or Brigitte Nielsen, the Terrible Twos are way way back in the rear... Read more »

50 Days, 50 Thoughts, 50 Books, 50 Years

50 Days, 50 Thoughts, 50 Books, 50 Years
In 50 days, I’m turning 50. I have no business committing to writing 50 times in the next 50 days. Case in point: At the moment, I should be upstairs getting myself and an overnight bag ready to head out the door to chaperone my daughter’s swim team weekend. But the same daughter said something... Read more »
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Special Needs Parenting: Leaving the Nest and the Long Exhale

Special Needs Parenting: Leaving the Nest and the Long Exhale
I didn’t think I could do this. But I had to believe he could. My oldest child, at almost 22, has left the building. On to college. But not in the way most people think when I say, “He’s off to Iowa this fall.” It isn’t for a degree. But it’s a huge step in... Read more »