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Orthopedic Birthday Shoes

“What do you want for your birthday?” Mom asks. On the surface, this is a straightforward question requiring an equally-straightforward answer. Beneath the veneer of our casual conversation, however, the proceedings of a nuanced negotiation have just been set into motion. Women and their mothers; they don’t chat. They play Chess. Mom’s goal is to […]

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Stay Six

Happy birthday, son! Do you know what it means to be six? What it means to grow so old that the number of years you have been alive takes over an entire hand’s-worth of fingers and spills over onto another? 1) At six, you’re old enough to play tee ball, but you’re still young enough […]

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10 years ago…

Ten years ago I stopped coloring my hair. I saw a picture of myself holding my daughter outside on a Summer day. I saw the way her hair caught the light, reflected it like a coin in a fountain. Like someone’s wish. I saw how brassy and dull my own hair suddenly looked in comparison, […]

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A Case for Regular-ol’ Cake

As a general rule, I prefer cakes baked by 70 year old women or, at the very least, baked with their recipes. These girls know what’s good. When given the opportunity to choose a dessert at a pot luck, I always go with the cake on the most out-of-style pan; a casserole dish in Corning […]

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Crashing the Party

photo credit: http://www.sentimentalheartphoto.com I once crashed a little black girl’s birthday party at a city park. It was quite a while back, not something that has crossed my mind in ages, but I thought about it this weekend while my family and I were at the park picnicking under the pavilion. Years ago, when we […]

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