Category Archives: Family

It’s like a bomb blows up for 3 months

Beth Zadik   October 24, 2018  
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Katy and I were pregnant with our first children at the same time. While at her baby shower, her older sister, Carolyn Lumia, shared “Having a baby is like a bomb blows up in your house for 3 months.” The older women laughed and passionately agreed. Katy and I laughed. You know that nervous laugh when you think you understand the joke but others are laughing harder so you aren’t really sure you fully understand […]

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We are more normal than we know

Beth Zadik   July 31, 2018  
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Early in my marriage, our social circle was based on my husband’s friends. That was new to me as I was used to being with my friends. After a few years I got up the courage to do dinner with the wives. We lovingly called this our support group. At one of our mom support group dinners, Maria uncomfortably shared a story about her son who often pretended to be a cat. She asked if […]

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it starts with the “meet”. Are we even there?

Randigid   June 2, 2018  
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Inspired by someone who’s words I ‘met’, and thought this the perfect place to share. Lynn Petrak, a freelance columnist, wrote an article published recently in the Pioneer Press. Titled, “Are hand held devices crushing conversation”, Ms Petrak likened the cause and effect to the quote of my day, ‘video killed the radio star’. She comments on the observations that while she, a master of small talk and finding common threads with strangers through conversation, […]

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Sticker Shock

Poppy   October 4, 2017  
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A few years ago, I was driving my grandson to Pre-School.  We would always arrive early.  Punctuality is the Politeness of Kings.  That was actually the quip under my picture in the High School Yearbook.  Can you believe that?  After three years, they did not have one nice thing to say about me except, “Ya, well, the bastard was on time.”  But am I bitter after 55 years?  Does a bear hibernate? So, since we […]

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The Short Straw

Poppy   October 2, 2017  
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This morning I went to McDonalds as I do each morning.  As I was filling my Diet Coke at the drink bar, a little Korean boy walked to the bar.  He was about 2 foot 7 and could not reach the straws.  He stood there with his hand stretched up as far as it could, but there was no chance.  I guess most people would have said, “Hi there, little boy.  Do you need a […]

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My Dad’s Haircut

Poppy   October 2, 2017  
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I went to get a haircut today, and that always reminds me of my Dad.  My Dad was 96 when he died, and the last couple of those years he was blind, in a wheelchair and living in a nursing home.  But no matter his situation or how he felt, if I asked him how he was, he always said, “I count my blessings.”  He had a black, cordless phone with extra-large push buttons and, […]

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No, you cannot come home

Beth Zadik   October 2, 2017  
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I was a shy little girl growing up in Kentucky. In spite of being shy, I somehow made good friends quite easily. Following in the steps of my big sisters, at 16 years old, my parents sent me on a bus tour of the western USA. What an amazing opportunity! I spent 6 weeks on a coach bus, sleeping in tents, and seeing sites like Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Grand Canyon, and Glacier National Park. […]

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There is nothing worse than happy children

Beth Zadik   October 2, 2017  
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“There is nothing worse than happy children.” I overheard my mom saying this phrase to adults hundreds of times when I was a child. I would put on a quarter-size smile but I did NOT understand. How could nothing be worse than… sweaty loud on a summer day? Was she kidding… that was the best! How could nothing be worse than… sitting at the pool with dozens of kids? Was she kidding… that was the […]

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The pink bow ……. choose your battles

mostuff   September 1, 2017  
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It was a weekend when all my siblings were in town visiting. My daughter was about 3 years old at the time. She had long curly hair which was pulled back with a barrette with a BIG PINK BOW. She was so proud of it. She loved it as it was a gift from her grandmother. I did not share her feelings of adoration for this item. Being completely truthful, I would never have purchased this […]

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Lioness or B**ch

mostuff   September 1, 2017  
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My daughter was less than a year old when I got divorced.  Around the time she was 4-5 years old, there was a horrible and ugly court battle with my ex over custody….among other things. There were several events that occurred where the safety and security of my daughter was in jeopardy when she was with him. We were working with a therapist at the time. I remember tell her about what happened at the […]

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