A lump formed in my throat. My son had grown taller, wiser, and more handsome over the past thirteen years. In just a few days, he would be starting his first day of school without a ... ...more
Leaving for college and counting sleeps. When I woke up this morning and walked down the hall past my son’s bedroom, I thought, “only one more sleep.” I stopped, turned around, and went toward his bed... ...more
My son is preparing to leave for college. I pull out the toaster, the cinnamon, and the sugar, pop two slices of bread into the toaster. As I reach into the refrigerator to pull out the butter, I know... ...more
“Karen, just be happy,” she had said to me as we sat outside in the backyard a month before she died. “I am happy, Mom,” I replied quickly; I didn’t want her to know how hard it was to be happy.