Category Archives: Children

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.


I went Halloween shopping with my 12 year old tonight.  I’ve been home for half an hour and I still haven’t gotten my blood pressure back down to normal.  What the ever-loving HELL is up with girl’s costumes???  We’ve almost always made our own costumes, cats, princesses, rabbits, puppies, etc.  Cute, warm, costumes that don’t […]

I’ve got Baby Rabies.


Every once in a blue (totally hormone-driven) moon, I get a yen for a baby.  Any baby.  Boy baby, girl baby, black baby, white baby, green baby..don’t care.  Want one.  These little sojourns down memory lane never last very long, but I’m always surprised by their brute force and abruptness.  I am aware that it’s my […]

Oh my God, Becky….

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So last week I decided that I was going to have a yard sale today.  (Saturday) The amount of clothes in my kid’s closets was becoming out of control.  My own closet was stuffed with clothes that no longer fit/were never going to fit again/needed to be cut loose from the herd.  And yard sales! I love yard […]

Forget winter, the teen years are coming.

Lurve that little smooshed face.

Child number 2 was born in 2002, right here in Bangor.  She was the happiest baby and toddler…charming, grinning, curious and a total hug-a-bug.  Girly-girl…always wanting a stack of bracelets, a swath of necklaces, every scarf I owned and had been introduced to french Vogue by her Auntie.  By the time she was 8 she […]

To my forever child on the eve of her 18th birthday.

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18 years ago tonight, I was almost a week overdue.  She was due on June 28, but that day came and went with no signs of her wanting to make an outside appearance.  At my weekly appointment a few days earlier, my OBGYN said it rather plainly.  “The holiday weekend is coming up and I’m […]

Will we be able to stay in Maine?


A few days ago, Dawn Gagnon wrote an article for the Bangor Daily News about a family with a 19 year old autistic son named Michael.  Michael, like my daughter Hallee, is autistic.  Michael’s parents are moving out of Maine in order to provide their son with the support and opportunities he needs that aren’t available […]

I had my child served with legal documents.

This is what it looks like to have your heart walking around outside of your body...this girl right here.

Did she break the law?  Join a biker gang and shoot up a parking lot down in Texas?  Leave wet towels on the floor too many times?  Nope, nothing like that.  She’s just turning 18 next month.  When you have a child with severe special needs and said kiddo turns 18 and becomes a legal adult in […]