Category Archives: daughters

More Depressing than a Sad Santa

From the Momplex archives: It would be an understatement to say I’ve been a little blue lately. Blue’s such a pretty color anyway. Why don’t we refer to the doldrums with a color like diarrhea brown, as in “I’ve been … Continue reading

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Answering Life’s Big Questions

(The following was originally published in 2009.) My daughter is getting to that stage where she’s starting to ask the Big Questions. Actually, she hit the stage some months ago, around the time I became pregnant again. I’m a fan … Continue reading

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Nothing a Little Lube Can’t Fix!

Even the happiest and best-paired of husbands and wives sometimes have drastic disconnects. My husband and I are generally two peas in a pod. We’re a nice mix of similarity and complement, and this generally keeps our boat floating, even in … Continue reading

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Talking until I’m Smurf Blue in the Face

I’ve watched a lot of Smurfs episodes over the last six or seven months — first, because I was pregnant, nauseated, and loathe to run around playing tag with my daughter, and now, because I’m constantly trying to come up … Continue reading

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A Good Death

It’s, what, maybe our fifth night at my grandpa’s apartment? I’m losing count now. We’ve been holding bedside vigil with him, all the women in the family, which is not a lot of women and yet nearly all of the … Continue reading

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Second-Born

She wasn’t here before. I came first. What happened in the world, happened to me. There was a long stretch before her. Then suddenly she was everything. I became the sea to her boat, and she the sea to mine. … Continue reading

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Hello, Tweendom. Is That You?

Too old for toys, too young for boys. That’s the description I found when I Googled “age of tweens” the other night. Obviously, I’d had a bad day with one of my kids. I just had to confirm what I … Continue reading

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