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Take Heed

When my third child, Bryson, was born, the other two boys were eight and six. One day the oldest came to me and said, “I know Bryson is the most important person in the family right now…” I don’t know what he was going to say because I didn’t let him finish! I explained that Bryson needed the most time and attention because he was a baby, not because he was more valuable than anyone else in the family. Recently, at fourteen, Bryson said something similar about the eldest! “Mom, he is getting what he wants and no one cares...

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Modern Love

I have a friend that has been in emotional distress for months on end. He had come to love a woman, but the relationship was not to be. His distress is not just the heartbreak of a lost love, but the loss of what he believed to be “the One.” Now this women showed some major character flaws during the relationship. I’m talking deal-breakers here, like lying and cheating. I’d think these characteristics would have quieted such a burning love. I love my friend for his depth of feeling but wonder, what the hell? It seems to me that the...

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Bedlam

I grew up in a home where we (3 female kids) were encouraged to get a college degree. Dad and Mom had a traditional marriage where he worked and she did everything else. Apparently they witnessed a few family break ups over the years. This would have been the late 70’s- early 80’s,  and they saw Moms and kids in destitute situations after a divorce. They implied by their lifestyle that if we had children we should raise them ourselves, yet each girl needed skills to “fall back on” if we ever found ourselves with no career or money or...