Mirror Image

“We need to leave at 2:05, which means you need to stop what you’re doing at 2:00, gather your things, and put your shoes on,” I instructed before I headed out for much-needed alone time in the form of a walk. At 2:04, one son emerged from the house and dutifully climbed into the van….

Master of Illusion

“Please don’t go for a walk,” my husband said as I laced up my sneakers. “I’ve been cooped up in this house all day and need to get out for a few minutes before it gets dark out. I’ll be fine,” I responded. When I stepped outside and looked up at the darkening clouds, I…

Close the Door

Winding down, down, down into the depths of the earth, we searched in vain for a parking space. Vehicles of every make and model overflowed the parking garage under the Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. A parking attendant finally had mercy on us, directing us to a makeshift space along a wall near the earth’s…

Share the Love

What’s the word on the lips of so many on this Valentine’s Day? LOVE What does it mean to really love someone? Is it merely the fluttery feelings in our stomachs when the man of our dreams comes near? Is it the swell of warmth in our chests as we look down on our sleeping children?…

Empty Gift

“I have a gift for you, Mommy,” said my friend’s 6-year-old daughter Estelle. Mary Hannah had noticed her daughter giving wrapped presents to each member of the family in the past few days. She wondered where all of these gifts were coming from until she opened the one Estelle had wrapped for “Mommy.” Not wanting…

Dig In

Hi, my name is Tammy and I am a bookaholic. I love a good story. I immerse myself in the loves of my favorite fictional characters. When I convince someone to read one of my treasured books, I feel like I’m introducing them to a friend. I can’t wait until the person finishes the book…

Forget-Me-Not Day

Today is National Forget-Me-Not Day. No, I am not making that up. According to nationaldaycalendar.com this is a day to reconnect. Since there is no history for who started this national day or why, I’ve created my own backstory. I imagine a woman was planning out the coming holidays (because most of us like a…

Let Down Your Guard

Kaden cautiously entered the dark hallway in a defensive ninja stance (or what he imagined that might look like). His hands were ready to karate chop anything that jumped out at him and his legs were in a permanent crouch. It started out as a joke as we entered the haunted house full of zombies….

I Cannot Adult Today

Sometimes I wonder if I’m just an adolescent masquerading as an adult. Adolescents tend to be a little awkward, clueless to the expectations parents and society places on them. I can relate. I feel like I should know these things: when to bring someone flowers, when to make dinner for someone, what to do when…

Do You Know I Love You?

Waking up early is not my favorite thing. My definition of early is anything before 8 am. When my son’s birthday was fast approaching, I asked him how he wanted to celebrate. Because his birthday fell on a school day, some of the excitement had already been sucked out and I was determined to do…