Tag: Family

  • January 26, 2024

    Write about a few of your favorite family traditions. One tradition that I adore is how we all end our text messages with, “Loves.” Every time we send a text message to each other, no matter how long or short, or whether it’s a text thread or quick one-liner, we end the message the same…

  • October 8, 2023

    I’ve never been all that big on family events. Dinners and barbecues, weddings and celebrations, with my family have never appealed to me. I’d rather not go. My extended family gets along great, from what I can tell, but I can’t seem to find the same comfort in their company.

  • August 22, 2023

    August 22, 2023

    A year ago today, I picked up Genevieve and Eloise. They had different names, Wynonna and Loretta, respectively. I wanted French names, not ones that sounded like characters in a Western. Genevieve is named after a passing fancy from my university days. Eloise because it’s just a lovely name.

  • August 17, 2023

    August 17, 2023

    A “hard launch,” I’m told, is when you post a picture of you and your partner on Instagram after having kept it a secret. A “soft launch” is when you post a picture of you and your partner on Instagram at the end of a gallery of related photos after having kept it a secret.…

  • August 13, 2023

    August 13, 2023

    My parents have a massage chair that I love using. When they first got it, they wanted to buy a second. I don’t hear them talking about it much anymore. When I visit, I can’t wait to use it.

  • August 12, 2023

    August 12, 2023

    Chai – tea – is a staple in my parents’ household. I remember my mom drinking tea out of a bowl because she was running late. If she’d left it in the mug, it’d be too hot. Every morning, the first thing my dad does is turn on the kettle. At every social event, there’s…

  • June 23, 2023

    June 23, 2023

    I finally got around to fixing my lathe today. It was easy enough. I’m glad I didn’t put it off any longer. I’m really looking forward to getting some time in tomorrow. Whenever I do things like this – fixing things, especially anything electronic – I can’t help but think of my dad. I sent…

  • May 18, 2023

    May 18, 2023

    There are a few things around the house that my dad asked me to help him with, things he can’t do because his leg is still recovering from surgery. Normally, he’d just get them done. He’s a handy guy.

  • May 17, 2023

    May 17, 2023

    My sister told me that if she finds something interesting, she’ll research it and then write about it. That is how she chooses to approach life. I love it. It’s simple and straightforward, much like her. She’s managed to make a career off of her curiosity. I want to do the same.

  • May 16, 2023

    May 16, 2023

    Weddings and funerals bring people together. I’m here for the latter. I’ve seen people I haven’t seen in close to twenty years.

  • May 14, 2023

    May 14, 2023

    I had forgotten what it’s like to live with people. More accurately, I’m not used to being surrounded by people all of the time.

  • How far back in your family tree can you go?

    How far back in your family tree can you go?

    Three of my grandparents died before I was born. I wish I had spent more time getting to know my one grandmother. Since her death, ten years ago, I’ve heard stories about how much she loved me. I don’t know why. I never knew her well enough for her to love me. I do know…