The Thing About First Birthday Parties

The Thing About First Birthday Parties

They're for the adults. Evidence: coolers of Coronas over ice, an ice bucket with Chardonnay, potato salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, fruit salad, salad salad. I mean, it's even acceptable for the birthday girl to sleep through her own party. How's work? Any plans for vacation? Did you hear about all that flooding? Small talk [...]

Lessons from a Lifeguard

Lessons from a Lifeguard

I overheard the teenage girl lamenting her new lifeguard duties at a quiet pool. How is lifeguarding going? Are you loving it?, asked the neighbor, who seemed expectant of reports of contentment with youthful summer bliss. Surely, the girl's bronzed skin and luscious locks had prepared for 16 years for a job of this Baywatch caliber. It's [...]

If time could talk

If time could talk

  On tonight's agenda: family dinner. My brother's long-time girlfriend will pick up pizzas from Anthony's, one large brushchetta and one large pepperoni. He texted in the group family chat, Does this work for everyone?, as if the guy at Anthony's doesn't know our name and our order and my womanly status by heart, every [...]

This is what happens when I talk about my family’s lake house.

This is what happens when I talk about my family’s lake house.

  Today, I sat in my car for a few extra minutes, listening to the roaring wind, brainstorming how I could make my groceries teleport from my trunk to my house while I stayed nestled inside my safe little car. Winter hurts. A sunny, warmer than usual day today, but a kind of windy that makes [...]

Advice they forget to tell you before starting college.

Advice they forget to tell you before starting college.

For my two beautiful twin cousins headed off to college. Dear Beautiful Pre-College You, DO NOT SKIP THE SHOWER SHOES. I saw a girl just like you the other day, scanning her list as her mom pushed her overflowing cart down the back-to-school college essentials aisle at Target. "I still need a fan...and do you [...]

This One’s for All the Readers with Dads Who Didn’t Survive Addiction

This One’s for All the Readers with Dads Who Didn’t Survive Addiction

  Dear Author, Thanks for sharing your story. But, honestly, it pissed me off. You forgot one key thing: not everyone gets a happy ending.  My dad didn't survive. But I'm glad yours did. Signed, Broken Dear Broken, Do you know what it feels like to cross the finish line of a marathon and breathe [...]