Does it Ever Get Easier?

Standing outside one evening, I overheard a mom of a very energetic four year old ask a friend of mine if it ever gets easier. My friend, being far nicer than I, told her, “yes, it does”. This exhausted and frazzled mom was lucky that I was not in closer proximity when she asked the question, because she would not have liked my answer- “No. It sure as hell does not.”   I remember being that young, naive mom, simply going through the motions due to total exhaustion, as a tiny human ran circles around me. In talking to other…

The Last Hurrah

  On the eve of our departure, I cannot sleep. On the day in which I will spend eight hours driving home- surrounded by lifeless bodies , limp, with mouths agape from exhaustion, I sleep very little. I hate to leave. It is as if I am a spoiled little child who cannot understand that all good things must come to an end. It is always hard to say good bye to summer, and thus far, it has not gotten easier with age.   For our family, summer means “up north”. And by “up north” we mean the oasis my…

Four

“Why would you have more?” That was the question my mom raised upon hearing I was pregnant with bird three and bird four. “Why?” “Why not?”   I hungered for the kind of ¬†relationships I witnessed between siblings within large families. Many of my friends in college came from large families. They may not have all gotten along, but the odds were greater that each would have a lasting relationship with at least one of the others! And what about sisters? I always wanted a sister, and if I couldn’t have one, I at least wanted my daughter to have…

School ?!?!

How can it be? How can it be that we are already gearing up for school? The Sunday paper was chocked full of fliers advertising erasers, and pencils and backpacks. My inbox, which I rarely check during the summer months, (it IS summer vacation, don’t you know!), has several emails from the birds school, reminding me of important dates and the impending deadline for registration. I LOVE the ad on the teleivision which shows a dad, giddy with joy, pushing a shopping cart full of school supplies, as the music in the background plays the Andy Williams Christmas classic, “It’s…

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