Category Archives: Adolescence

To Olivia, on the Occasion of Her 18th Birthday

Dear Olivia, Happy Birthday! My “little girl” is now officially, legally, an adult. And to be honest, that feels a little bizarre… sad… scary… surreal… but mostly — really and truly — amazing. You! Are! Amazing! I look back on … Continue reading

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The Path Forward

It’s the beginning of the best month of the year: mid-September to mid-October! I finally decided to join the Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree (“the largest and longest-running event of its kind in the nation”), and I always feel … Continue reading

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To Olivia, on the Occasion of Her 13th Birthday

Dear Olivia, Dear, oh dear! Happy Birthday, my dear! That word — “dear” — is really much more than a formality with you. You are genuinely dear to me: beloved, precious, treasured, special… You are dearly loved, Olivia! You’re my … Continue reading

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To Elliot, on the Occasion of His 14th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Elliot! Fourteen years ago, you were just 4 pounds, 13 ounces. Only 18.5 inches long. Today, you’re buying your own running shoes that are about the same size you were back then (men’s size 10!). And you’re making … Continue reading

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Four Soccer Games, Three Parties, Two-and-a-Half Church Services, and One 12-Mile Run

Four soccer games. Three parties. Two-and-a-half church services. And one 12-mile run. How’s that for a restful weekend?!? I didn’t have a good attitude. I wanted to sleep in and watch football games on TV and take naps and warm … Continue reading

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