And so you are nine


Parenting

Dear Baby, The memories of you being a teeny baby in my arms are harder and harder to find now. You have been tall forever. Talkative forever. That girl and this girl seem like two different people. It’s impossible that nine years ago I didn’t know you at all. You were this foreign object that […]

January 13, 2019

Honest, open and brave


Parenting, Personal

As usual last year, I set my three words I wanted to live by for 2018. I chose honest, open and brave. I said I was going to relish 2018. I had no idea that I would be ready to set everything on fire by the end of it. I feel like I failed all […]

January 1, 2019

Family Ties


Parenting, Personal

When my daughter was born she had three great-grandparents and four grandparents ready and excited to meet her. She had a Great-Grandpa Joe and a Grandpa Joe and her Daddy, Joe. She had two Grandpas, one whose given name was Thomas but he always went by his middle name, and one whose middle name was […]

December 6, 2018

To be otter-like


Parenting, Personal

This morning we took a very long cab right across the Brooklyn Bridge and into the far reaches of the island to visit the New York Aquarium. Had I done my research we would have taken the subway to get there – as it was we only figured out the subway back. The Q train […]

November 5, 2018

What’s Inside


Parenting

The first musical I saw was Phantom of the Opera in 1991 or 1992 at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Toronto. The first musical I took my daughter to see was Matilda, in the same theatre in Toronto, now renamed. I think the first musical I showed her (that wasn’t animated) was Annie – the […]

November 4, 2018

Empire State of Mind


Parenting

A few weeks ago my husband told me that he might have to go to New York City for work. I told him we were going with him. We leave tomorrow. I first visited New York about a year ago. That trip took a few months of planning, research, pre-buying tickets for the top shows. […]

November 2, 2018

NaBloPoMo?


Health, Parenting, Personal

I think I’m going to try my hand at NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo again this year. I think. Because the past few months have been full of surprises. Honestly. In May we started talking about possibly maybe moving. And then slowly and all of a sudden we sold our house and moved to a new one. Moving […]

November 1, 2018

Juggling along


Health, Parenting, Personal

When she was littler, I believed in my instincts when it came to my kid. She wasn’t always easy, but I was great with her and could usually calm her down, figure out what was wrong and fix it or at least distract. Above all else I believed I was a good mother and we […]

October 24, 2018

Ontario kids deserve better


Health, Issues, Parenting

The thing that perhaps upsets me most about the debate around Ontario’s health and physical education curriculum (you know, the sex ed one) is that there are parents out there who don’t want their children to have as much information as possible. There are parents who don’t want their children to know the proper names […]

July 18, 2018

Try and try again


Parenting, Personal

The kid is in her first week of a long camp this week. It is full of things she’s never done before. On the Monday she came home excited. On Tuesday she seemed fine when I picked her up. And then on Tuesday night she started thinking all the negative things she could possibly thing. […]

July 12, 2018