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No place like home

After three weeks exploring London, Catherine is back home. Getting her here was no easy feat, since it meant working around the blizzard. The trip back became an adventure in its own right. She’s back at Hofstra now, having enjoyed a stopover at home to regroup, do laundry and repack everything for the dorm while we shoveled 20 … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Here we go again

A year ago we crammed the car full of things we never knew a person needed and made our way to Hofstra University, spent the day unpacking, putting furniture together, lugging books from the bookstore and getting Catherine settled in before being summarily dismissed by her. As in all things, history will repeat itself this weekend. For … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Get Happy

Catherine’s ready to go back to Hofstra. With six weeks left to summer, she’s done with 3-year-old campers’ bathroom accidents and tantrums, over the lack of buffet food options in our house, missing the magic of a Starbucks at every turn, and so done with our lack of nightlife. To keep her chin up, she’s … Continue reading

Oh the things teenagers say…

Flashback today to simpler times, when there was no back-talk, smart remarks or lip. As I’ve noted in previous posts, this summer after freshman year of college is an adjustment for all three of us — almost as big a transition as was dropping Catherine off at Hofstra last August. We’ve each developed some new habits … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Life After High School

How quickly time has flown. A year ago we were awash in a sea of emotions as Catherine graduated from high school. Today we are reduced to 12 weeks of sidestepping piles of dorm gear stuffed in every corner of the living room and den while they await their return to Hofstra in August a reverse transition … Continue reading

Then and Now — At the Zoo

Catherine has a bit of time before her summer camp counselor job starts, so when she’s not slowly putting away the dorm detritus that litters every room in our house, she’s having some adventures. One day last week, she and Basil decided to visit the Bronz Zoo, because, well, why not. Naturally, they had to … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Baby Love

A favorite mommy moment, from May 1996. Nineteen years later, Catherine can still fall asleep at the drop of a hat and spend hours snoozing. I’m no longer allowed to snuggle her on my lap, however.

Games college freshmen play

Parenting is full of surprises, some of them more pleasant than others, but one of the great joy lies in watching your child come into her own. Now that Catherine is in college, Basil and I are treated fairly often to glimpses of the person she is, the grownup she’s becoming. We sometimes look at each … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Sea changes

Snow. Ice. Bitter cold. We need a bit of summer warmth, so I’m flashing back today to June 2000, when my friend, Jacquie, and I gathered the kids and met up at Mystic Aquarium in upstate Connecticut. It was a great day — being together, seeing the creatures (the beluga whales were a huge hit as I … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Warm Spell

All this winter weather has me thinking spring, especially with the forecast warning of single-digit wind chills starting tonight and more snow on the way Sunday. So naturally, I went searching for a Flashback photo that was just beachy. It’s Catherine, age 4, basking in the July sunshine at Tod’s Point, Greenwich. (No, I haven’t … Continue reading