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The Mama Vault – #10 KEEPING DECEMBER SOFT

    It is almost impossible not to get caught up in the frenzy of December.   When my children were small, I often bought Christmas presents on layaway.  It was the only way for a season.   I remember picking out an adorable Little Tike dollhouse for my daughter one year.  It was a…

The Mama Vault – #9 THE SIDE-B OF MOTHERING

I’m sitting at a table in an Airbnb in someone’s backyard in the middle of a hip little neighborhood in Austin.   Here’s what I’m thinking about.   Brevity.   Of the season of mothering when children lived under my roof.  It caught me by surprise every time another one left.   It was vapor.  …

The Mama Vault – #8 THE HARD-FRIED, HURRY UP MAMA BRAIN

Okay Young Mother.   You know what’s coming, don’t you?  Others may have the luxury of easing on down the road, but you have no choice but to hit this season of “busy” running.  Oh sure, you thought you were busy last month, but then November stepped into the picture with its stupid advertisements about…

The Mama Vault – #7 MISBEHAVING MAMAS

  Exactly what wouldn’t a mom do on behalf of her child?   Easy answer.   Nothing.   There is not a single, solitary thing we wouldn’t do to defend our babies.   Oh sure.  We mamas are mostly a fun-loving bunch.  We’re mostly happy to listen to reason when it comes to the subject…

The Mama Vault – #6 DIARY OF A HALLOWEEN HACK

  All of us go totally “bah humbug” over something.   Listen to me. One would be hard pressed to top my festivity for birthdays, July Fourth, Christmas and Thanksgiving—really most every single celebration I am one giant bundle of cheer and laughter and fun—but can we talk Halloween for half a second?   I’m…

The Mama Vault – #5 MOTHERING ON STEROIDS

    I was writing an entirely different blog for this week, but it was before the flood happened.   It was before 39.9 feet of extra water came careening down the Llano River running just across the street from the brownstone where I live.   I was right in the middle of writing a…

The Mama Vault – #4 ELASTICITY

  We all go in to motherhood a cacophony of many things.   We are the little girls who were impacted by the parents who raised us—good parents, bad parents and every kind in between.   We are the married gals in strong, loving relationships or in sorry, sad ones.   We are the single…

#3 – THE MOM BOD

  I was five days post-partum with my third child when my wonderful, attentive husband said the following words to me.   Come on Big Mama—let’s go get some ice cream.   Hand to heart.  No exaggeration.  Those were his words.  He would rue the day.   Want to know what I did?  I stopped…

THE MAMA VAULT – #2 Mama Drove the Getaway

Once I had two little boys.  They were undisturbed by spaghetti sauce and melting popsicles dripping off their chins.  I can still see my dear friend Nat, a girl mama, shaking her head in disbelief when I didn’t wipe the drips off straightaway.  Being a boy mama requires a specific finesse girl mamas can’t quite comprehend.…

DECIBELS

    Human ears are amazing when they’re working right.   When a person’s ears are in perfect working order, he or she can hear sounds ranging from zero to one hundred and forty decibels. As a point of reference, whispers are around twenty-five decibels and normal talking is about fifty-five.   When sounds reach ninety decibels,…