I love small town parades. Okay, not the time 30 years ago when the Memorial Day parade consisted of a couple of kids on bikes and the mayor carrying a Sousa-blasting boombox. That was a little embarrassing. But generally, a parade in a small town is a blast. It's true, you don't get the enormous… Continue reading Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?
There's a kind of online community of people affected by cystic fibrosis, and I'm loosely connected to it. I heard this morning that a 23-year old woman with CF died yesterday. I'm sad today. It feels a little ridiculous, because I'd never heard her name until this morning. And yet, her death feels personal. It… Continue reading Living with Fear
Honey! Even if you're bleeding, you still need to shut the door! In my defense, they were very small cuts.
Levi's most recent obsession is fishing. He begs to go every chance he gets. Today, he asked three separate times. He actually got to go twice. Paul has the patience of a saint. And because he doesn't want his dear little boys to get sunburnt, Paul hooked up a special rig. (That's a beach umbrella… Continue reading Fish Stories
As you know, I am the only girl living in my house. My family's idea of Fine Entertainment runs to tractor pulls and dirt piles. Going to the bathroom outside, standing up, with Papa, is the pinnacle of the day. I don't really get it. Boys are weird. However, it's become clear to me lately… Continue reading Sugar and Spice
Levi got a little package in the mail today. It was from Give Kids the World, and I couldn't imagine what it could be. (Though I was pretty sure it wasn't a bill. Which was a welcome change from the rest of the mail.) It was ... a rabbit. Mayor Clayton, to be specific. He… Continue reading Small Packages
Lo these many years ago, I worked with a woman whose husband was teaching her to golf. She was finding it pretty frustrating, and at one point, he said to her, "Look. On any one golf swing, there are about six thousand things that can go wrong. If you try to think about all of… Continue reading Embrace the Chaos
Levi had an appointment at the CF center today - just a regular check-in. It was a bit of a different day, though, because it was his last appointment with Dr. Spoon. Dr. Spoonhower is leaving our clinic for another one close by. We will see another wonderful pulmonologist (Hi Dr. Strawbridge!), but we will… Continue reading Endings and Beginnings