Archive from February, 2015
26 Feb
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On Being a Person

Young girl hiking a trail at Red Rocks near Denver, Colorado

Most of my daily conversations are held with our 5-year-old daughter. It’s not really conversing. It’s more her talking and me listening. Children can be both silly and insightful in their observations. We were reading from a book while we waited for our oldest son’s school day to finish up. After certain passages there were discussion questions.

The question was: “What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?

I assumed her answer would have something to do with sharing her toys, or obeying me, or fully-submerging her head during swim lessons. I’m not sure why I waste time assuming anything. I should know better.

Case in point, her answer was: “Being a person.”

I stared at her before prodding her further.

Me: “Why is being a person hard?

Her: “My feelings get in the way. Other people want different things than me. People get sick and hurt. A person is a hard thing to be sometimes.

Out of the mouth of a babe. Five years is, apparently, long enough to know this ‘person thing’ is tricky. Being a person, a decent one, is hard. Life is messy and complicated. Dealing with other people can be maddening and overwhelmingly gratifying. Best laid plans are seldom without changes. My own emotions fluctuate like Wyoming weather.

Life is heavy at times. Even in those heavy moments, if I pay attention, there is goodness. Being a person is hard, but also rewarding. There are days this person business is just too much, and I’m not sure why I bother to crawl out of bed. Then there are glorious moments that make all the disagreeable person nonsense pale in comparison.

Yes, daughter of mine, being a person is hard, but can also be the answer to: “What’s the best thing you’ve ever had to do?”


Free Family Activities in Denver Area
By     |    Feb 18, 2015
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Free Family Activities in Denver Area

It was evident for weeks that my family needed to regroup. Three basketball teams and one cheer team with practices and games had the drivers in this house worn down. I was tired of an hour here or there of time with all six of us. I’m greedy about family time. We knew our school district had a four-day weekend in February, and we decided to leave the to-do list at home for a mini-retreat. We spent a few days... [Read More]

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Meet an Author: Jay Asher
By     |    Feb 9, 2015
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Meet an Author: Jay Asher

Books are important and talking with authors about their books is a privilege. Authors are like rock stars for me. I had the chance to talk with and listen to author Jay Asher last week. He stopped in my town as part of his 50 States Against Bullying author tour. I was Christmas-morning excited to hear what he had to say. I read his book, 13 Reasons Why, almost three years ago, and still think about the topics he wrote... [Read More]

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Redefining the Term Homemaker
By     |    Feb 5, 2015
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Redefining the Term Homemaker

I bristle at the idea of being labeled homemaker. Visions of 1950s sitcom mothers pop into my head.  I think of me waiting with a cocktail and newspaper for my bread winner to come home. That’s not my reality. I was chatting with friends about how I would define myself as far as I what I do, and homemaker was not on the list. I describe myself a little different depending on the situation. I might start with saying I’m... [Read More]

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Calming Fear in Children
By     |    Feb 2, 2015
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Calming Fear in Children

Our oldest son is not a fan of needles. He’s done more than his fair share of begging and pleading to avoid vaccines, to no avail. There’s always weeping. He was anxious leading up to last Friday for a medical procedure that required both needle and scalpel. His anxiety made me anxious, and both of us weirdly awkward and nervous in the waiting room trying to avoid the elephant sitting between us. We talked earlier in the day about his... [Read More]

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