Which is it?

I spoke with a woman yesterday who said our bi-annual MRI would cost $5907. Add in the 25% we pay after we’ve met our deductible, and our share of the cost would be $5227.00. I’m sorry.  I must not have heard correctly. Yes, the MRI costs $5907, so your share of the cost is a…

Collective Soul

Water.  It’s good for my soul. Sunshine, the smell of rain.  Yeah, they’re good, too. The way it all feels like kisses on my skin, they way it all caresses my senses. Yes, today was good for my soul. And not just mine.  I watched as you showed her how to get the boat docked…

All the Way Possible

Since yesterday’s post, I have finished a book, run to the hardware store, painted a wall, made a few phone calls, played in the backyard, shared the plot lines of my work in progress, all the while thinking about the possibilities that abound in this space. In this space, my desk is clean and everything…

100-Acre Wood

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known. –Winnie the Pooh It wasn’t the bottom rail of a bridge, but a step ladder, and it wasn’t a river I was…

Shoulda

She sat in the middle of the back seat, sandwiched between our snowboards and her dad.  Her hands were spread like talons in front of her, sticky and dripping with orange juice. “I shoulda gotten a banana.”  Silent pause.  Then the car explodes in laughter; it is the perfect punchline to a road trip trekked…

All About

Learning to snowboard, it’s all about getting up. Teaching to snowboard, it’s all about letting go. I am participating in the 10th annual Slice of Life Story Challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers.  On this, the last day of the challenge, I am so grateful to have taken this on once again, so grateful to…

Why This Works II

You have spun me around the dance floor exactly three times.  The first, your senior prom, just days after a softball cut a hole in the side of my face.  The second, our wedding day, while a whole room watched and our pup waited for you in the truck.  The third, just the other day….

The Truth

Yesterday, I posted about finding the peace in today, not at all fictitious.  But it was, I’ll remind you, yesterday.  Here is the truth I discovered today: Yesterday, the Christmas tree stood in the new center of our familiar home and the plan was to take it down and box up all its little decoration friends today, but…

Top Ten

Let’s start with ten minutes.  That’s when the pizza will be ready. On the flip side, staring into the light of the oven, are ten years of wisdom. It has been that long since our daughter graced us with her birth, though everything about her–especially the newly colored purple tresses–screams that it’s been fifteen or sixteen. After that,…

I Am From Summer

For the unknown-th August in a row, I am reminded of Where I’m From: I come from a summer Like none other before. From two puppies on the first day Before June even started. Yes, Ethan and Ellie quickly became  Bitey and Mighty, Tiny and Whiny, Ethie-E and Ellie-Belly, Who slept on the floor, then the couch,…

Skywalker

I did it! We stand in line for what seems like forever.  The only thing that passes the time is playing the hand flip-flop game with my mom. You know the one?  Where she puts her hands on top of mine,  with her ring turned into her palm, and I try to slap her hands…

Timeless

“How do you scroll through channels?” She asks, making me think of things like that, things that she may never know: How to dial a rotary phone. How to load a record player, dropping the needle with the precision of throwing darts at a moving target. Winding a cassette tape that has come undone. Listening…