Sunday, November 23, 2014


It was such a relief to know our girls were well taken care of while we gallivanted up and down the beach. I was also devilishly happy to hear we missed the first dumping of snow. 

Since we've been home, the girls have had a chance to acquaint themselves with our rules and routines. It seems the gift of having grandparents stay with them for a week was taken full advantage of by these little con artists. They worked their grandparents over for all they could. Can you blame them?

In addition to the fine white sand and a couple bottles of island rum, I brought a few more things back with me. Immeasurable and intangible, but very real souvenirs from time away from my world: patience, a renewed promise to parent with grace, excitement when I notice Rich's smile, and a piece of paper on which I wrote Thich Naht Han's prescription to "smile, breathe and go slow." I did some deep work on myself, in the quiet distance from the everyday businesses at home. Now comes the work of applying it.


  1. Hi, I keep coming back here and reading without really knowing why - I'm not a mom and have no keen interest in parenting, so it must be largely due to your writing. Or maybe it's just a treat to read about a "normal" family life (whatever that is), considering all the problems families and kids are faced with out there.
    So thanks for somehow managing to carve out the time for this - it's a breath of fresh air, and a much needed one :)

    1. Thanks for taking the time to write out some kind words to me. Some of the blogs and books I enjoy best are about lives much different from my own; it must have something to do with the 'variety is the spice of life' mentality!


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