I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.Read All Entries
Our nest has been empty for half a dozen years — yes, that picture, above, was taken a long time ago — but every time September approaches, I get nostalgic about back to school time. I wish I was still making trips to the store with my kids for notebooks and pens and backpacks, and sharing their anticipation about their new teachers and which of their friends would be in their classes.
Those Septembers come and go shockingly fast, though, and suddenly, instead of dropping your little boy off at preschool, you’re leaving a young man who’s taller than you in a strange room three thousand miles away. Instead of kissing your little girl goodbye for the day, you’re kissing her goodbye for who knows how long.
I think there are few moments in a parent’s life as emotional as sending a child off to college.
It’s such a turning point — for both of you. And it is so painful to let go.
Here a few tips for making the transition a little easier: [Read more…]
I am so excited that my son is coming home for Thanksgiving tonight! (I wish my daughter was coming home, too, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards this year.) He’ll be here for a week and a half, and I can’t wait to spend time with him.
I’m looking forward to staying up late with him, talking and binge-watching TV, going to the movies together and having lunches at In-N-Out since we’re now the only two meat eaters in the family.
Last time he was here, it was only for a short weekend visit and he had a lot to do so we didn’t bother him with, um, the electronics. We might have snuck in a quick little, “Hey, could you just take a look at this for a minute?” because he is a wiz with these things but we literally had to bite our tongues not to ask him the million questions we have.
This time, though, he’s home for a nice long time.
Heh heh heh. [Read more…]
I’m off to visit my daughter in Portland today, and can’t wrap my head around the fact that she’s done with college and is now out on her own, ready to take on the world.
As I was packing for my trip, I started thinking about her as a little girl and was getting all teary about how fast time has gone, how can she be 22 years old already, blah blah blah.
Then I remembered the scene which turned out to be what I consider my greatest parenting moment. And I stopped crying and actually stood a little taller.
This story is worth sharing 1) as a public service announcement and 2) in case she’s telling a different version to some therapist somewhere. [Read more…]
I never thought of myself as someone who defined herself by her children. Whose life was so closely intertwined with theirs that I would feel lost once they left home.
But apparently I am. [Read more…]
Blogger Idol Week 6: Our assignment this week was to write about a hot topic in the news.
I’ve spent many emotional hours in baseball dugouts. I’ve supported players through dry spells, celebrated underdog victories and been moved to tears by the genuine camaraderie between teammates.
I’ve heard players express deep yearnings to attain the same level of success their idols have and I’ve also heard them wonder out loud whether to use performance-enhancing drugs to get there – not because they would give them an advantage but because not taking them would put them at a disadvantage. And they couldn’t afford to be in that position because they desperately wanted to be scouted to play ball – in college.
What the hell are we teaching our kids? [Read more…]
It’s Week 6 of Blogger Idol, and our assignment this week was to write about a hot topic.
As you know, I’m pretty opinionated (ha ha, that’s an understatement!) but I ended up writing about something you might not have expected from me.
The judges’ scores are so close this week, it’s all going to come down to your votes. You’ve been so great about keeping me in the game and I hope you’ll continue!
Please click here, scroll down to the blue column that lists the blog names, and vote for Midlife at the Oasis. Make sure to wait for the pop-up confirmation that says “Thank you for voting.”
And, if you have friends/family members/co-workers/strangers you meet on the street who have any kind of electronic device, please ask them to vote for me, too! Voting closes at midnight Central time on Thursday.
Every single vote counts!
My daughter went back to school today to start her senior year of college.
Before we dropped her off at the airport, though, she asked me a question that still haunts me: “Did you ever decide what your most beautiful body part is?”
I know I have to give you some history to put this into context but I’m ashamed to say that my answer, much to her apparent dismay, was a mumbling, stumbling, look-everywhere-except-in-her-eyes, “Uh, no,” followed by an awkward, giggly, high-pitched, trying-to-be-light-and-jokey, “Still thinking.” [Read more…]