A Grandmother’s Wish

Over the weekend, I met up with my extended family for the first time since my grandfather's funeral in March. We celebrated several recent birthdays with BBQ and cake, teased my younger cousins for their grey hairs and bald spots, and recited my grandpa's favorite toast. We listened to stories of recent bouts of COVID,... Continue Reading →

The Great Parents Privilege

In recent years, there has been much talk of privilege. Namely, white privilege. I'm of European descent and my skin tone proclaims that loud and clear. Over the last two years, I've been accosted, unprovoked, by strangers on the street. I've been called mayonnaise monkey, lima bean, and cracka, which are apparently derogatory names for... Continue Reading →

On Family

Yesterday, I received a call at 8am. It was my mother, calling to let me know that my aunt, Virgina, had passed. Eleven weeks ago, Virg was diagnosed with brain cancer after a fall. Eleven weeks ago, doctors said she had a few days left to live. As devout lifelong Catholic, I like to think... Continue Reading →

Should We Host a Nonlegal Micro Wedding?

Recently, I have been reminiscing about old friends that I have fallen out of contact with since leaving social media. After a few quick internet searches, I discovered that several happily married mommies had fallen in love, gotten married, had a child, then gone through a divorce, and won sole custody of the toddler, all... Continue Reading →

Cancer And The Threat Of Mortality

My cousin passed away twelve days after celebrating his 30th birthday, exactly one year after he was diagnosed with cancer. During those 365 days, his eyebrows fell out and his muscles melted away to reveal a wiry frame. The doctors removed his right arm--the home base--but the malignant army had already invaded every continent of... Continue Reading →

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