(walking home from the park)
Me: So, Brig might take you to music tomorrow.
Margaret: We haven’t seen Brig in a long time!
Me: She’ll come back for dinner so you can see her too. Are you excited James?
James: You know, there are no lights in West Virginia. Read more…
We are definitely one of the reasons tourists say they’ve seen and heard it all on the NYC subway. Read more…
After eating leftover enchiladas for breakfast, James rushed upstairs so I could brush his teeth before the bus arrived. Apparently the stairs were a bit of a workout…
Me: Jaaammmeesss! Come up to brush before you’re late!
James (hurrying in, out of breath): Mom, my heart is beating too fast. Read more…
With 4 kids, “Mooooommmmmm, I pooped!” is one of the most common (and least enjoyable) phrases thrown around the house each day. James in particular, who still needs help with multiple self-care skills, likes to have full conversations while I’m helping him out in the bathroom in one way or another. Truly, one of the highlights of my day.
But once in a while, wiping butts can actually be funny. Like today… Read more…
Perhaps you remember my memoir on Central Park and its amazing assortment of balloon vendors from last year, aka The Day James Ran Around Screaming For 4 Hours. Well yesterday, the kids and I went to meet the very same friend in the very same place, almost 2 years later. Though we’ve been to the Central Park zoo dozens of times since then, it has often been sans-James because we usually go while he’s in school.
From the moment I mentioned that we were going to the zoo the following morning he began campaigning hard for a different one – Brooklyn, Bronx, the Coney Island aquarium. “The Central Park zoo has the most balloons,” he was able to clearly explain when I asked why he was so worked up. “I think there might be less balloons in the Spring than in Summer,” I replied carefully. “Besides, we’re not buying any balloons and the zoo doesn’t allow balloons inside because the animals could choke on them.” With that information in hand James perked up a bit and we were able to get to the zoo the next morning with fairly little issue.
The day was sunny and beautiful, just warm enough not to need jackets. We exited the subway and followed the windy path toward the zoo entrance littered with vendors – the Nuts for Nuts cart, a hot dog and soft pretzel man, and the obligatory half a dozen stands with peddlers trying to convince me that they could sketch all four of my children before they got restless. James cheerfully announced, “No balloons! You were right, mom!” I was feeling rather exuberant about how smoothly the day was going until I finally spotted him. The lone balloon animal man, stationed right at the southern entrance to the zoo, offering “free” balloons animals to passing children for a token donation.
I hoped that by enthusiastically noticing each and every vendor on our left, James would be able to ignore THE ONE to our right, but no. That’s not the way this works. Behind me I heard James mutter, “that dang balloon man.” And before I knew what was happening: Read more…
Whatever you’re celebrating this weekend, we hope that the wonder and beauty of the season rejuvenates, uplifts and inspires you!
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Even though I start them all the time, I haven’t had the time to finish a Top Ten in a long while. This evening I was finally working on one while the kids were occupied (or so I thought) when James came up and started reading over my shoulder.
James: The Central Park Challenge?
Me: Yep, it’s almost here again.
James: You should do a Top Ten Things Adam Destroyed.
Me (laughing): No kidding – I bet you could write it for me.
James: He has your makeup in the bathroom.
Me (not laughing): Dammit!
After I finished cleaning up the lipstick/foundation mural and issuing yet another timeout, I came back down to save my draft and had a much needed chuckle as I read the last line on the screen:
Adam destroyed moms makeup eggs box of wipes pirates booty two bags and pudding today.
Well, that was easy. Could I come up with five more and actually finish a Top Ten? Unfortunately, the answer was YES.
Waking James up in the morning is always a special joy in my life, but Mondays are often the hardest. Still suffering from the loss of a precious hour over the weekend I approached his room this morning with no small amount of dread. And a plan. Little did I know that James had been secretly forming a counterattack. Read more…