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Mom Called All Upset; or, “YOUR NIECE GOT A TATTOO!”

My mom called me at work Friday evening, and when I answered the phone I could tell she was upset because she sounded like she had been crying.  Here’s how the conversation went: Mom:   Did your sister tell you that Courtney [sister’s daughter] got a tattoo? Me:  No, she didn’t mention it.  What’s going on?  Why are … Continue reading

bad weather / freaky weather / happenstance / plague and pestilence / travels with mom

Road Trip With Mom; or, “Plauge, Pestilence and Happenstance”

Quite a few years ago, I lived in Denver, and I was miserable.  I quit my job on a Friday, sold my furniture  and picked my mom up at the airport on Saturday, and on a cold and snowy Sunday, we headed for Florida.  I had had enough of being so far away from home in … Continue reading