Category Humor

A Country Idyll Complete With Child Labor

Emery returned for another sleepover last weekend, and while the visit was relatively brief–she arrived after work on Friday and left Saturday morning–there was a hefty amount of bucolic bliss involved. Unfortunately, the dark shadow of Child Labor cast a pall over this otherwise sunlit idyll. Specifically, Paul and I made the kids DO THE […]

Court’s New Bed

Apparently, access to Sage’s bed as well as every couch and chair in the house isn’t sufficient for my little prince of a dog: He just created a new napping spot by jumping into a storage bin full of comforters. I suppose it’s a fundamental truth that one can never have too many cozy spots […]

How to Use Your Smarties

Sage recently rode on a float in the Bean and Bacon Days parade. (“Bean and Bacon Days” might not sound illustrious to outsiders, but to denizens of Augusta–home of a Bush’s Beans factory–this festival is a point of community pride.) Sage wasn’t thinking about local pride, though–he was just thinking about how to maximize his […]

The Brief and Illustrious Career of Frecky

A couple of days ago, Sage and I harvested the first few strawberries from our garden. Most went quietly and unsung to their demise, but one stood out: Frecky. Sage felt the need to name this unusually shaped berry after pointing out that it looked like a character from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, complete […]

Dish Inspiration

I had a revelation a few days ago: It was induced, as so many revelations are, by a pile of dirty dishes. They sat in the sink after dinner, exuding the silent but intimidating “You must do us now” vibe that all dirty dishes emit. Generally, I obey this silent command–or sometimes Paul will, if […]

Halloween Greetings from a Box Turtle

Unfortunately (read: “fortunately”), Sage’s elementary school forbade violent costumes, so his original soldier get-up was off the table. I was secretly grateful that I wouldn’t be obliged to pack him off to school bearing arms. Happily, Sage had another idea in mind for the school party: He would be a box turtle. Why a box […]

The Halloween Party

Halloween came early this year, and it conveniently chose a perfect Fall day for its arrival. Well, it wasn’t OFFICIALLY Halloween, but close enough. My friend Angie–who somehow finds time to host outstanding parties while raising three boys and running a business–held her annual Halloween party yesterday. The party’s arrival caught Paul and Sage off […]