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I've never had anyone reject an apology before. Oh, I've had people accept apologies in pretty non-graceful ways, and I've had folks tell me that yes, I certainly should be apologizing to them. But I've never had anyone simply say nothing and walk away.
I have to say I think that's rather bad form. Because it all started with a dog. My dog, of course, my mutly misbehaving dog.
I'd decided to be brave and take him to the local dog park by myself. Well, okay, I was with my daughter,…
Added by Diane Majeske on September 25, 2011 at 2:02pm — No Comments
If we leave on time, we can make it. If we get to the corner, and the light is green, we can make it. If the cars in front of us go straight, and not right, we can make it.
But if we get behind the slow-moving bus, we're doomed. Put on your shoes and start walking.
Welcome to the Daily School Parking Place Race at my elementary, courtesy of the new parking lot arrangement.
I don't even know what the new arrangement is, to tell you the truth. All I know is whatever was done, it…
Added by Diane Majeske on September 20, 2011 at 9:11pm — No Comments
"Relaaaaax," croons the voice on my yoga DVD. "Relaaaax"
I stretch out in savasana, or corpse pose, flat on my back. I take a deep breath and let it out. Yes, I need to relax.
"MOM," shouts my son from the office room next door. "WHAT'S MARIO'S LAST NAME? IS IT MEATBALL? HOW DO YOU SPELL MEATBALL??"
I am not answering. I am relaxing - just like the lady on the DVD is recommending. I open one eye. The lady on the DVD is apparently in Hawaii. I am in our family room, and I can't…
I was freezing cold and soaking wet.
The parking lot had been full that morning, so my son and I had hoofed it from blocks away to the elementary school. I'd given up my side of the umbrella, so the icy rivulets running down my back were an unpleasant reminder that fall had arrived quite early this year.
But when I turned the corner of the hallway, I almost forgot my discomfort. The scene in front of me broke my heart.
There was a dad, on his knees, with his first-grade daughter…
Added by Diane Majeske on September 8, 2011 at 6:19pm — No Comments
It's the first day of school, and there's a meet-and-greet for the new elementary school principal.
I'm standing against the wall, sipping my coffee, feeling incredibly awkward. I'm reminded again how hard it is to make friends when you're a grown-up. I've lived in this community for about four years now and standing here, I still feel like an outsider.
Oh, everyone is extremely nice, of course. They always have been. It's just that it seems everyone has lived here forever. Their…
I was walking the dog past the subdivision clubhouse this morning when I noticed the deck chairs were gone. The pool had been drained and covered by a tarp.
I felt a sudden, immediate stab of sadness. I shouldn't have, of course. It's September. Summer is over. But ... September? How did that happen? How did summer slip away so fast?
I know, I know, it's cliche. It's just that at the beginning of spring, you feel like you have so much time. Winter has just ended, and summer is…
Added by Diane Majeske on September 1, 2011 at 10:44pm — No Comments