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Uku

The Lava Song (from Pixar’s Inside Out) A long, long time ago there was a volcano living all alone in the middle of the sea He sat high above his bed watching all the couples play And wishing that he had someone, too. And from his lava came this song of hope that he sang […]

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Artsy Fartsy

D got the idea from a girl named Audrey on You Tube who posted a video of herself making a model of the solar system and so he wanted to make his own. We went to a craft store together on a family outing, and his mom helped D decide on what supplies to buy with […]

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Quiet Time

We were supposed to read a bible story,  as is our custom on the weekend. However, D was busy drawing movie characters in the backseat of the car. Five minutes, I said, and waited until he was ready. I knew it might be fifteen or twenty minutes and, eventually, he joined me in the passenger seat with […]

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Bird Watchin’

D and I stumbled upon some bird watchers during a hike at a nature preserve with their binoculars pointed at the top of a tree. “There it is,” D and I heard one of the bird watchers say excitedly. D stopped and looked up momentarily at the tree briefly. I know D well enough to […]

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Halloween Night

D went trick-or-treating with friends for the first time this Halloween. This relegated me to a supervisory role, but I was happy for D’s development. He could have joined his friends a year ago if I’d been more savvy to set it up, so it was more a lag in my parenting than growth in […]

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A Dream Fulfilled

D and I went camping this weekend with his cub scout Pack 658, and the morning after the first night in our tent, we were in good spirits after D’s first time in a row boat. The twins from his den bumped a volleyball back and forth. D surprised me by clasping his hands together […]

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Cricket in the House

“Please come in and find the cricket…” Jesus, I prayed, why does she have to worry about some dumb cricket. Just let it be, wherever it might be, this was my first thought. Honestly, does the whereabouts of a cricket in the house really matter? If a cricket enters the house and no one hears […]

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Watching Workers Work

D and I went to the park with his friend C. They climbed their favorite y-shaped tree and watched six workers building a well. They both had on red t-shirts and blue shorts and their eyes were fixed on the workers. “Did you guys call each other to wear the same colors,” I said, a joke I realized […]

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Beginnings

I didn’t see it, the bright green glow of the grass, the soft texture beneath our feet, the blue sky above, flowers and figures, but he saw it all. I was oblivious to it all   No, I didn’t see it the way he did.   He noticed every color and shape, like a budding […]

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Toy Sale

C wax D’s neighborhood fririend–his first friend–from the age of five to ten. We lived across the street from C’s family, and I first became acquainted with C when he was standing in the middle of the street in his diapers. A truck was driving down our street, and I scooped C out of harm’s […]

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