Through The Eyes Of A Child

Last week my husband and I spent time with our only grandchild. She lives quite a distance, so visiting her means getting up very early in the morning and driving 4 1/2 hours to avoid traffic.  Long day, but well worth it!  From the moment our granddaughter...

My 10 Minute Disappointment

After telling family and friends (and even a few strangers) that I was going to be published in Reader’s Digest, February 2011 issue, I received my copy the other day and discovered that my quote was not in the magazine. I quickly emailed the editor who...

Happy 37th Birthday To My First Born Child

Today is my first born child’s 37th birthday. I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday. After labor pains started early that morning, I went to the hospital but was told that it could be many hours, even days before I gave birth. I left and went to...

A Valuable Lesson

My Mother and Father had a traditional marriage for their generation. He went to work and she stayed home to raise the five children. Each week, my Father gave my Mother money, which covered groceries and any other daily household expenses, including clothing and...

My Very Wise Mother

It was 1954 and I was so excited because I was going to a morning nursery school program just like my big brother. Such a BIG moment in a 3 year old’s life. Here is a memory I will never forget! We were seated in a big circle and the teacher was reading a story....

Across A Crowded Room

I come from a huge family on my father’s side. My Father had eight siblings, six of them surviving into adulthood. His Mother (my Bubbi) had three siblings, all of them surviving into adulthood. Many of this group of aunts, uncles and cousins went on to have big...

Memories

The woman put her plate down on the table in the darkened room and stared at the empty chairs. She thought she heard laughter but it was her mind playing tricks on her again. The only sound was the washing machine going through its cycles. She closed her eyes…....

Those Were The Days

As a parent of four, and grandmother of one, I believe that mothering is no easy task but one that when life runs smoothly, feels like it’s worth every moment of your time and energy. What about those “off” days when you question why you didn’t...

Remember That Big Slice Of Seven Layer Cake?

I had a lunch date with my husband/best friend the other day and we started reminiscing about the good old days. It’s funny how you can look back at the years that you had very little and feel like you were so rich. 1977…I’ve got a baby in my arms...

Happy Birthday Heidi Lynn Drecksler

“What I wanted most for my daughter was that she be able to soar confidently in her own sky, whatever that may be.” Helen Claes Today is my youngest daughter’s 27th birthday. Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was a little girl? In my mind, the...