We Don’t Talk About That

we don't talk about that

It usually starts in childhood. The son learns to play the clown whenever the topic of conversation begins to make his father uncomfortable. The daughter of divorced parents learns that mentioning the other parent has a tendency to end in tears, so it's better to simply keep quiet. At school, any mention of financial struggles … Continue reading We Don’t Talk About That

In Perpetuity

"Mom, what does 'in perpetuity' mean?" I asked from the backseat as we drove by an intown San Antonio theater advertising Rocky Horror Picture Show Friday 10 pmĀ  with the unfamiliar words posted beneath. "It means it keeps repeating, going on without end." "So they show that same movie every Friday? That's dumb," I concluded … Continue reading In Perpetuity

No One Said it Was Easy

I read a post this morning that reminded me of a particular experience in my life. For just over a year in my mid teens, I volunteered on the oncology floor of a children's hospital. Upon arrival each Sunday, my job was to open the playroom to the kids on the floor that were able … Continue reading No One Said it Was Easy

Childhood Lessons From Unlikely Teachers

Childhood is a time where every encounter and every experience contains a lesson. Here are ten of my favorite childhood lessons and the (sometimes shocking) teachers that related them. Lesson: Acceptance Teacher: Selling shampoo to naked people How it went down: I grew up in an environment where nudity was acceptable. From a young age, … Continue reading Childhood Lessons From Unlikely Teachers

Mom: A Mother’s Day Tribute

Mom. Such a simple word, yet so loaded with meaning and memory. It's where we all come from. It's what we simultaneously yearn for and yet try to escape from. My own mother often jokes that the umbilical cord is never fully cut. It just stretches to accommodate. There's some truth in that. Although I've … Continue reading Mom: A Mother’s Day Tribute