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I Just Discovered I Was a Terrible Mother

I’ve been cleaning out bookcases in our bedroom, trying to reduce the number of books that are stacked upon other books, sideways and every which way.  I haven’t been successful, but I’ve discovered some old books I’d forgotten about. One … Continue reading

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Rejecting My Former Self

Interviewer: Let’s see here, Mrs. Okaty. You are applying for the job of mother. What experience have you had? Former Self: None, Sir, but how hard can it be? I mean, we’re so much bigger than they are, right? Interviewer: … Continue reading

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Time Traveler

A few years ago I read The Time Traveler’s Wife.  Though I didn’t see the movie, the book was terrific and intriguing.  I’ve been going through family photo albums this past week for a project I’m working on, and the … Continue reading

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Modernizing Mom

One of our sons gave us a French press coffee maker for Christmas last week.  It was a very thoughtful gift, especially since we’ve enjoyed many great cups of coffee made in our sons’ French presses when we visit them … Continue reading

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I’m In a Foreign Land, So Forgive My Silence

My husband and I have been staying at a lovely bed and breakfast in a foreign land, and I’ve been too busy to write.  Every morning we are awoken before dawn as the aromas of fresh brewing coffee, sausages, and … Continue reading

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The Art of Lying

When I was a child, my father, who was Head of Structures for Sikorsky Aircraft, used to take some interesting business trips.  When he would return, he always brought me trinkets, usually little gadgets from the vendors during conferences, and … Continue reading

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The Empty Nest Blues

September 1.  Another school year has begun.  My grandchildren start next week and I know their mama is going to shed a little tear or two.  I know because I’ve weathered that emptiness before.  I remember helping our oldest son … Continue reading

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Kill Yourself, If You Must, But Leave Me Alone!

Last week one of my sons came down from Boston a couple of days early to get some beach time before we left town and met up with other family members for my niece’s wedding.  I’d been looking forward to … Continue reading

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Other People’s Children

I have been cleaning house, little by little, all week long, in preparation for my daughter and her family’s visit.  If you follow My Pajama Days, that would be Emily, DW, the Tortoise, 13, and the Hare, 9.  Plus Luna … Continue reading

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Summer Sneakers

Every time I look down at my feet when I’m wearing my “new” black Converse sneakers my thirteen-year-old granddaughter gave me when she outgrew them, I have to laugh.  I look like I’m wearing clown shoes, but I don’t care.  … Continue reading

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