Live and learn

Live and learn

I screwed up. Again. And to make matters worse, my transgression fell in an area I supposedly know how to navigate: communication. After carefully choosing my words and even putting in a little extra effort (because that’s what friends do, right?) the response I...
On the rebound

On the rebound

He’s not here anymore. Huh. That’s weird. He didn’t tell me he was leaving. I guess I’ll talk to her. She’s not here anymore either. As I moved through my list of contacts, I found that not a single one of them had remained with the...

Best behavior

Mothering a daughter is hard, especially a strong-willed, independent-thinking, highly emotional daughter. And most especially the teenage variety of said daughter. She’s smart and funny and caring and I generally love being around her, but it’s still...

Take care

When I was very small, my great-great aunt went to live with my grandmother. Aunt Gladys (unconventionally pronounced  GLAY-dus) would follow my brother and me around and we didn’t mind a bit because she never hesitated to join our games. She played with us...

Translation error

Oh boy. I spend all this time talking (writing) about finding a common language, minimizing communications mishaps, and interacting with clarity and what do I do? I tumble into that very pit myself. I was sitting at lunch when an acquaintance asked me how I would...