One of the most challenging aspects of this commitment to post every day for seven consecutive days has not been the writing. The biggest challenge, especially for a perfectionist, has been practicing restraint in editing. I felt kind of ridiculous when I publicly accepted the Daily Post challenge in my “Buts” piece. I knew we … Continue reading The challenge of the challenge: not editing.
When my Dad told us the story of the time someone tried to give him an elephant, he didn’t really think it was much of a story. Maybe because he had only heard the story second hand. He was three at the time, and he doesn’t remember the event itself, only the retelling of it … Continue reading The time my dad got chased by an elephant
“Hey kids, do you want to hear the story about the time someone tried to give Papa an elephant?” “Yeah!” My dad looked into the fire. “It’s really not much of a story.” I pressed. “None of us have ever been offered an elephant, and I can’t remember the details of the story,” I said. … Continue reading The time someone tried to give my dad an elephant
When we were 18 or so, my best friend and I drove two hours down the coast of Georgia, from Savannah to St. Simons Island, to visit my Grandmother. It was a Sunday, and she loved to lunch on Sunday, so she offered to take us to Spanky’s, the restaurant that had recently replaced Shoneys … Continue reading Emergency Gin
We went a lot of years without electronic road-trip entertainment for the kids. No game systems, no iPods, no DVD players. The closest we got to new technology was listening to books on CD instead of books on tape. And even then we listened to quaint titles like Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. This … Continue reading Precious Gifts: Electronics
A creak at our door, black as night out the window. “Mom, it’s six-oh-two!” Cinnamon, tea, and warm yeasted dough – scents of Christmas morning. Stampede of kid feet down carpeted stairs – squeals of delight at the tree. Wide eyes sparkle, like holiday lights; a kiss that tastes of chocolate. Small hands – sticky … Continue reading Haiku from Christmas