Category Kids

The Cell Phone

We finally did it. We took the plunge. We took a risk. Our child might never be the same again. But Paul and I did it. We got Sage a cell phone for his 10th birthday. It was something we’d been contemplating for a while. Since we don’t have a land line, we didn’t dare leave […]

A Visit from the Sun

Turning toward the kitchen, thinking thoughts of supper, I was startled by the sun. A shaft of light came hurtling through the living room window, and suddenly everything was golden. I turned and came face to face with the shaft-hurling culprit–a glowing orb that seemed to be perched in a neighbor’s tree, peering curiously at […]

The Award-Winning Artist

When I picked Sage up after school yesterday, I knew something was up: His eyes were darting as though little joyful minnows were swimming around in his skull. But since we were at the public library, I had to wait to learn the minnows’ origin until we were in the privacy of our car. Then […]

Some Things, They Never Outgrow

Sage’s oldest friend Emery came to visit last weekend. They’d been friends since they were babies, but Emery is, well, a GIRL, and I’ve been dreading the day when they can no longer have innocent overnights. When she first arrived, I was afraid that day had already come. Granted, the two hadn’t seen each other […]

Small Dogs and Big Machines

On a recent visit to some good friends, Sage experienced a full range of Things That Delight Small Boys. Among them were a big machine… and a little dog… All in all, it was a very satisfying day, capped off with some sun-lit relaxation in a comfy chair that Sage’s fuzzy new pal graciously shared […]

Two Little Boys Unplugged

I’m pleased to report that Sage has a new BFF: a little boy who lives just a few miles away but, because he lives on the border of the neighboring school district, just transferred to Sage’s school this year. It was love–or the little boy equivalent, anyway–at first sight. Sage begged me to set up […]

A Properly Materialistic Christmas

Despite my best intentions, eco-friendly, service-oriented gifts just aren’t cutting it with Sage: It’s Legos and remote-control vehicles all the way. Grandma Mary Ann and Papa scored a major coup with the Mother of All Christmas Gifts–a remote control Lego set. (Although it can be constructed in several different ways, its current incarnation is a […]