Parenting & Relationships

I Hurt Too

I've always considered myself emotionally strong, having gone through painful loss early on--two brothers who died suddenly and unexpectedly in their 30’s and 50’s, respectively, twenty years apart, and both my parents who suffered and died slowly due to cancer seven years apart. But nothing…

Same Dress, Different Events

From attending my first prom a few weeks ago, I just attended --well, also planned and executed (with a lot of help)--the debut or 18th birthday of my firstborn daughter, Jamie! It is quite ironic, I really do think (right, Alanis)? Jamie didn't want a…

Green Apple (Updated)

I sit in the passenger seat of your car and I listen to the engine roar. Music trickles through the stereo and cold air washes over me. The traffic slowly crawls like a gigantic centipede and you talk. I listen. And I remember... ... a…

The Significance of Valentine’s Day

The significance of Valentine's Day for me has evolved over the years. My first V-day cards were created painstakingly for my parents. When I was a kid, I remember one V-day when my Mommy gave me a gift--a sando and shorts set with hearts as design.…

Motherhood Hurts

Motherhood HURTS My head aches, my chest hurts and the throbbing pain on my earlobe just won’t quit. I look down and see the fading bruise on my left knee.  How did all these happen? Simple, I am a mother, and motherhood “hurts” big time!…